A fit and active woman who narrowly survived being run over by an elderly driver is taking part in the London Marathon.
Rachel Payne, 64, of Milcombe has been given a ‘good for age’ place at the event on April 24.
But it has been a long road to recovery for Miss Payne who was hit by a car while she was riding her bicycle through Banbury eight years ago.
She had been cycling up Oxford Road towards the junction with Hightown Road. The lights were green for Miss Payne and she was crossing over the junction when she became aware of a big car coming towards her.
She said: “I swerved to the left, fell off my bike and I landed on the road and she drove straight over me.
“I was still concious – I felt the wheels go ‘bump bump’. I was near the hospital, which was lucky.
“Fortunately, the wheels missed my spine, heart, lungs and head. It was just incredible I survived it.”
The Leonard Cheshire support worker spent nine weeks in hospital and was off work for more than a year. She now has metal screws in her shoulder.
Miss Payne is running for RoadPeace, a national charity for road crash victims. She also believes older drivers should be regularly tested to make sure they are still fit to drive.
She said: “It is a problem. Some older people aren’t aware they are not able to drive. The woman who ran me over told the police she hadn’t seen me.”
Miss Payne said she was told by the doctor that already being fit when the accident happened had increased her survival chances.
At the time of the accident, Miss Payne had been due to take part in the London Marathon just six days later.
This year’s event will be Miss Payne’s tenth marathon. She has already set a time in the Bournemouth Marathon and the half-marathon in Milton Keynes.
To sponsor Miss Payne, visit virginmoneygiving.com/RachelPayne4.