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‘The universe wanted me to run the half marathon’

‘The universe wanted me to run the half marathon’

September 27, 2017
Christina Kerry running the Ealing Half Marathon 2017. She won the race place through Ealing News Extra

During the summer, Ealing News Extra ran a competition to win a race place at the 2017 Ealing Half Marathon and some official gear. The winner of the prize, Christina Kenny, was delighted; and she raised more than £2,000 for charity after completing the course on Sunday (24 September).

Christina Kerry celebrates with friends after running the Ealing Half Marathon 2017. She won the race place through Ealing News Extra
Christina Kenny celebrates with friends after running the Ealing Half Marathon 2017. She won the race place through Ealing News Extra

Christina, who lives in Acton, said: “I’d never won a competition in my life before, so when Ealing News Extra got in touch to say my name had come out of the hat for a free place on the Ealing Half, I felt that the universe was maybe trying to tell me something.”

‘I had 12 weeks’

“I’ve been running for a few years,” continued Christina. “But nothing like this distance. I had 12 weeks to build up to 13.1 miles. Luckily, we have some beautiful places to run around in west London, especially near the river. It was also a great opportunity to raise over £2,000 in sponsorship for a brilliant charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, which helps people living with cancer.

“The day itself was a lot of fun with some incredible volunteers cheering us on all the way around the course. I made it round in 2hours, 7minutes, 8seconds – a time I’m hoping to beat next year. Next time, I’ll have to do some hill training, though, because I still can’t sit down properly after the race!

“I’d recommend the Ealing Half to anyone, especially people who don’t think they can do it. Go on – surprise yourself.”

Christina is still raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support via a Just Giving page, if you would like to donate.

Were you there?

Take a look at our gallery of pictures from Ealing Half Marathon 2017.