Twenty-five-year-old Amy Forde, from Uckfield, ran through the pain barrier to raise more than £3,000 for charity by competing in the Paris Marathon.
The marathon took place on Sunday, April 12, and Amy was determined to finish even though she had injured her ankle while training.
Amy was raising money for the Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT), a non-animal medical research charity which has awarded grants to more than 170 non-animal medical research projects since 1971.
She said: “It was so much harder than I anticipated. I got to 14 miles completely fine and injury free and then it began to hurt.
“From 19 miles I basically had to limp and hobble the last seven miles. I was in terrible pain but what kept me going was the thought that the pain I was going through was nothing compared to what annimals suffer in labs. I told myself that I just had to keep going.”
Amy had previously run a couple of unofficial half-marathons but had never attempted a full marathon.
Her target was to raise £500 via a JustGiving page but she has now raised more than £3,000.
DHT fund-raising co-ordinator Gerry Reilly said: “Our ability to fund innovative research which replaces animals is only made possible by the charitable donations we receive from supporters like Amy.
“Her fund-raising effort, quite literally going through the pain barrier, is astonishing. We cannot thank her enough for undertaking such a massive commitment on our behalf.”
Non-animal medical research projects awarded grants by the DHT have included cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart and liver disease and diabetes.
Over the last five years the charity has committed to almost £3.5 million worth of animal replacement research projects across the UK at student, PhD and post-doctoral level.
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