Published Monday 8th May 2017

Hospice supporter Jackie Whittall has successfully completed a marathon, less than two years after breaking her back in a horse riding accident.

The Hospice Angels member ran the Brighton Marathon while battling temperatures touching 26C.

She will be marshalling at this Sunday’s Festival of Running in aid of St Michael’s Hospice, and has the following advice to the near 1,000 already signed up across the four routes.

‘The best advice I could give is not to start off too quickly,’ she says.

‘Let people pass you, get into your own groove and just enjoy it.’

Jackie has raised more than £1,300 for St Michael’s as a result of the marathon.

‘I just felt totally overwhelmed that I had done it. It’s great to say I’ve completed one.

‘There were 15,000 there and it was very hot.

‘But the crowd was just amazing.’

Jackie’s horse riding accident happened over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend two years ago.

After being in pain for about a week she visited a doctor who told her she had crushed a vertebrae in her back.

She has since completed the 5K Hospice Santa Run, the Great North Run and the St Michael’s Wheelie Big Cycle.

Jackie is now preparing for the first ever Velo Birmingham cycle event in September.

If you’re still undecided about entering this Sunday’s Festival of Running, you must sign up by 12pm on Wednesday 10th for the marathon. We will not be accepting entries for that distance after this time.

You should also book by this time for the Half Marathon, 10K or 5K to benefit from reduced price entry, although we will be accepting entries on the day for these three distances.

To enter click here