Andy Saltwell met Margaret by chance earlier in the year and was so inspired by Jimmy’s story that he decided to run this year’s London Marathon for Jimmy.
I met Margaret Mizen by chance this year and was instantly touched by her warmth and personality. I remember saying to Margaret the first time I met her that I would like to run a race for Jimmy, and I really believe it was destiny that got me a place in the London Marathon this year.
What a day the Marathon was. It was humbling to be one of so many amazing people raising money for their chosen charities. I arrived at the start zone nearly at the back alongside a dinosaur, a pantomime dame and two people in a canoe. Not an ideal position for me. However, I quickly made my way through the field running well above my pace time, passing amongst others; a camel, a post box and a guy dressed as a whoopee cushion.
The people along the route were amazing and I quickly lost count of the high fives I gave to all the children, and adults who excitedly held their hands out. The crowds and sheer wall of noise at the Cutty Sark took my breath away and I felt a little emotional as I crossed Tower Bridge at the halfway stage.
All of my family and friends were waiting in Narrow Street to offer fantastic support as I stopped to drink and say hello. The last mile went past in a blur and after running past Buckingham Palace and turning down The Mall the finish line was in sight. I crossed the line in a time of 4 hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds, which was a personal best.
Having learnt more about the family, I feel humbled to have met them and am in awe of what they have achieved in the name of Jimmy, who clearly was, and is an inspiration to us all. I was so proud to represent For Jimmy and raise over £1,000 to support the work of the charity.