Podiatrist Emma Godson is preparing to put her best feet forward in this year’s London Marathon – to raise funds for Cheltenham charity Heidi’s Heroes.
Self-employed Emma, a 35-year-old mother-of-two from Tewkesbury, swore she would never again tackle the gruelling 26 mile course around England’s capital after completing the London Marathon in 2014.
But when she gained a ballot place she invested in a new pair of running shoes and is now a regular sight pounding the streets around her Walton Cardiff home.
Emma, who part owns ProPodiatry in Cheltenham, said: “I had planned to take part last year but I got injured so deferred my place until this year. I wanted to raise money for a smaller, local charity this time and my husband Mark suggested Heidi’s Heroes.”
Mark, a Cheltenham planning consultant, had heard about Heidi’s Heroes from working with construction project manager Paul Wood, of Cheltenham, who set up the charity. Paul launched Heidi’s Heroes as a tribute to his late wife Heidi, a former world championship swimmer who died of cancer aged 51, in 2012.
Since its launch just over two years ago the charity has raised more than £20,000 and funds projects to help those with cancer, support the bereaved and to teach children to swim.
“Seeing the great practical work that Heidi’s Heroes is doing in Cheltenham made it the perfect choice for me,” said Emma. “Last time I raised £3,500 for Great Ormond Street and the Army of Angels. I’ve not set a target this time, I just want to raise as much as I can.”
Emma is hoping some of her regulars will support her marathon effort on Sunday 24th April – along with her two biggest fans daughter Bella, 7 and son Sam, 5.
“I’m running four times a week and have been steadily increasing my distance since Christmas. I’m also following a training schedule online and a Facebook body coach to help with my nutrition as well as the physical training.
“I’m aiming to get round in five-and-a-half hours, anything under that would be great,” she said.
You can support Emma at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaGodson1 and follow her progress on Heidi’s Heroes Facebook page and twitter.