Mum tackles marathon in aid of Gravesend pupil’s disease

PUBLISHED: 09:54 21 April 2011

Verity Batchelor, who completed her first London Marathon, surrounded by family who came out to support her

Verity Batchelor, who completed her first London Marathon, surrounded by family who came out to support her


»Backed by the support of her family, a mother-of-four overcame the heat on Sunday to complete the London Marathon.

Verity Batchelor, 38, took on the 26.2 mile event to raise money for charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK in support of her son Luke, 10, who suffers from Crohn’s Disease.

Luke, a pupil at St Joseph’s Primary School, Gravesend, was diagnosed two years ago, and Mrs Batchelor had nothing but praise for the charity that helped her family cope with the news.

She said: “A lot of it was about setting up that network so you can meet other families going through the same thing, knowing you are not alone.”

Pre-race hopes of a four-and-a-half-hour run were blown out of the water by the hot weather, but Mrs Batchelor, who helps run the family farm near Hoo, was delighted to finish the course.

She added: “The legs are very stiff but to get around was fantastic – I am very pleased. It was so hot, times went out of the window and it’s certainly true the last six miles are the toughest, Luke was very proud of his mum.”

Finishing in a time of five hours 13 minutes, Mrs Batchelor raised approximately £3,500 for the charity.

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Celebrity runners included former Bucks Fizz star and television presenter Cheryl Baker, from Ightham. who took part to raise money for Headfirst, which supports research into head injuries, strokes and associated brain damage.

The Darent Valley Hospital patron helped launch the charity after fellow band member Mike Nolan nearly died after being involved in a car crash.

Comedian Jo Pasquale, from Higham, was joined by two close friends, Terry Parker and Ryan Barrett, who all ran in support of Diabetes UK. Pop star Will Young ran for Catch22, a charity which works with young people who find themselves in difficult situations.

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