First timer to take on marathon in London

Katie Hedges is running The London Marathon in aid of The Horton Hospital, Banbury. NNL-150224-134115009
Katie Hedges is running The London Marathon in aid of The Horton Hospital, Banbury. NNL-150224-134115009

A first-time marathon runner will be pounding the pavements of the nation’s capital in April to raise money for the Horton Hospital.

Katie Hedges, 24, is an operating department practitioner at the hospital and will be joining thousands of runners for the London Marathon on April 26.

Although this will be Miss Hedges’ first ever marathon, she has taken part in the half marathon in Cheltenham. She received her marathon place after applying through the Oxford University Hospitals Charitable Fund.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, the Grimsbury resident said: “I wanted to raise money for the hospital because I love my work, but we get neglected when it comes to equipment. I thought, what better charity to run for.” The money raised by Miss Hedges will be split between funding new equipment and the hospital’s theatre department.

Miss Hedges added she has received support from family members and her partner, Gareth Howcroft, who has also been giving her training tips.

She said: “I’m really nervous about the marathon. I think it is because it is televised and so well known. But I am also excited because I know the atmosphere will be fantastic.”

Visit Miss Hedges’ fundraising page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/katiehedges