London Marathon runner raises over £4,000 for bibic
On the Sunday 28th April 2019, Natasha Howells took part in the Virgin London Marathon, running 26 miles through the centre of London in aid of bibic.
Tash runs the local, award-winning business NV Health & Fitness, offering personal training and fitness classes in the local area.
Raising vital funds to help children and young people with disabilities and developmental difficulties, Tash held Zumbathons and quiz nights and has managed to raise over £4,000 for bibic, which is amazing.
We asked Tash a few questions about her marathon experience and raising money for bibic:
How do you feel now that you’ve completed the London Marathon?
Absolutely amazing and proud of myself for achieving it and of the amount of money I have raised for bibic. It was a rollercoaster of a ride leading up to the marathon and now I can’t quite believe I have done it.
What were you most worried about before the big day?
There were so many things…Keeping injury free. Getting enough food in. Had I done enough training? Had I overdone it as my job is very active and physical also? Had I got enough sleep/rest?
What was your most memorable moment?
The most memorable was seeing my family on the route and the crowd at tower bridge and at the end (the noise and support was amazing).
What did you do or think about whilst running?
I tend to zone out and not think about much when running but I made a decision to take everything in, so for the first 18 miles I was taking it all in, looking at the crowd and the landmarks, to help me run I always count in 8s consistently, this helps me keep a consistent pace. After mile 18 I was getting tired, so I always have mantras in my head and I always have to keep telling myself how to run properly and to keep a good running form.
Why did you want to run the London Marathon for bibic?
Running the London Marathon has always been on my bucket list and I have entered the ballot on so many occasions, I often thought about running for a charity but never looked into it, I heard bibic had charity places and knew that if I ever ran for a charity it would be great to do it for a local cause, I know about the great work bibic do so thought I would ask to apply for their charity place.
Would you do it again or run any other marathons?
I wouldn’t do London again, even though it was amazing, but I always think that doing something that you have dreamed of doing once is enough, you can never recreate that experience again. I would consider doing another Marathon and maybe one abroad! There are other challenges that I would like to try apart from running.
What would you say to someone looking to run the London Marathon for bibic?
DO IT. It is a great way to run the Marathon whilst raising money for a good cause. Knowing that you are doing something for a great cause and achieving something yourself is an amazing feeling.
We want to say a huge well done to Tash for her achievement completing the London Marathon. Thank you to Tash for all your hard work and commitment to your training and to bibic, your support has been invaluable.