A marathon challenge for Heidi

Heidi Marshall, partner at local accountancy firm Dodd & Co, is celebrating after successfully completing the London Marathon at the weekend in an impressive 4hrs 38m and 7s (04:38:07s).

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A keen runner for a number of years Heidi has ran several half marathons and last year completed the Cumbrian run in under 2 hours – which was a personal target she had set herself. Never one to turn down a challenge she decided to apply for a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon with Anthony Nolan. Initially Heidi was unsuccessful in getting a place but then received a call from the charity offering her a place as someone had dropped out.

“That’s when my training regime really kicked in”, says Heidi, “I knew if I was going to be able to do it I had to put the time aside and give it everything I had”.

Training has been tough, as a partner with Dodd & Co, Heidi is often out and about seeing clients both in Cumbria and beyond. “I’d be up seeing clients in Aberdeen and my trainers would come with me. After a meeting about their accounts I’d put them on and off I’d go – I saw far more of the town then I would usually”. Heidi has also ran on weekends away in Scotland and even whilst on holiday in Austria. “It was tough at times, family and friends would be off out or enjoying the local hospitality and I’d be off out pounding the streets!”.

Heidi comments “I felt absolutely elated when I came over the finish line. I was really happy with my time and delighted with the £2,500 I have raised for Anthony Nolan. I’d like to thank my fellow partners at Dodds for their very generous sponsorship and also to all my family and friends who have been so supportive. Would I do it again? Maybe, who knows. I’m pretty competitive but I think I’ll enjoy a rest for a couple of weeks”.

Heidi lives in Edenhall with her husband Andrew. Heidi is vice chair of the Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce and on the Executive committee for Penrith BID. She is also a keen tennis player and is secretary for Penrith Tennis Club.

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  1. Sharon Jardine says:

    Amazing! How does she have time!
    Sharon J

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