The manager of a Spalding coffee bar will be joining an Olympic champion, film actress and radio presenter and TV detective in next month’s London Marathon
Hayley Bryant (27), who works at Costa Coffee in Hall Place, is in intensive training for the 36th edition of the annual run round parts of London of Sunday, April 24th.
I don’t actually like running and it isn’t my favourite hobby, but I’m quite a stubborn and determined personHayley Bryant (27), manager of Costa Coffee, Spalding
Just like double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games star Natalie Dormer, new host of Top Gear, Chris Evans, and Midsomer Murders detective Gwilym Lee, Hayley will be hoping to raise thousands of pounds for her chosen charity.
Hayley said: “My nan died of Alzheimer’s disease in June 2013 and every year since them, me and my mum do a memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society.
“Then I watched the London Marathon on TV last year and thought it would be something good to do.
“I applied through the public ballot, not thinking I’d get in, but I got a place to run through a special ballot and just thought it would be a good achievement to do it for the Alzheimer’s Society.
“My nan always had a smile on her face, she was a kind-hearted women, beautiful inside and out. I would give anything to have her back.
“My nan was like another mum to me and I’d give anything to have her back, but now I’m doing the London Marathon for her.”
Hayley, who confessed to disliking the thought of running, has drafted in one of her customers who runs long distances to advise her on a training regime which has involved running three miles a week and more at weekends.
“Running isn’t my favourite hobby, but I’m quite a stubborn and determined person,” Hayley said.
“I probably do one brief run and two gym sessions a day, while everyone a work keeps telling me to go running and to the gym.
“A lot of my customers have been asking me how I’m doing with my training and my brother works for a sportswear company, so he’s been able to get me some running shoes.”
Hayley will be one of 12 runners from South Holland taking part in this year’s race where history will be made when the millionth finisher crosses the line since the first London Marathon in 1981.
Hayley said: “I’m excited and nervous, but my advisor said the crowd will get me through it.”
To sponsor Hayley, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=HayleyBryant1&faId=679709&isTeam=false
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