Wight Tri’s Laura Abrook fulfilled a 10-year long dream when she took on the London Marathon, having received the club’s spot this year, after many years’ worth of ballot rejections. Laura finished in three hours, 53 minutes, achieving a 24-minute personal best.
The club’s place had originally been allocated to Adam Younger, but due to his wife, and Wight Tri member, Sarah Younger’s ongoing cancer challenge, the place rolled down. Laura then took the decision to use this place to crowdfund as much money as possible to go to Sarah and Adam to assist with ongoing treatment costs.
Sarah was recently told that she was no longer responding to chemotherapy, and so her next option was to undergo innovative immunotherapy treatment, which unfortunately falls outside of the NHS funding remit. Each treatment costs in the region of £3,800, and funds raised so far exceed £3,900, but it would be incredible to break the £4,000 mark!
Sarah is a much loved member of the Isle of Wight sporting community, being a coach, sports psychologist and high achiever in the sporting world in her own right. Sarah even gave Laura some much needed sporting psychological support in the lead up to the marathon, which inevitably helped give Laura the confidence to obtain her personal best at the distance.
Laura reported that working with Sarah was so insightful and empowering, with Sarah’s experience in the sports psychology field being eye opening as to achieving the mind set required for such endurance events. The fundraising page will be kept open for final donations until May 17, and any further donations would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made to the crowdfunding page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/laura-abrook-1