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Conquering the London Marathon for Charity: An Interview with Megan Thackray

We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful Megan Thackray for conquering the London Marathon 2024 in aid of our charity! We interviewed Megan after the race to learn more about her story...

How did you get into running? 

I’ve been running since I was 13. I started running with my mum before school as way to help control my anxiety. 

What was your training process? How did you prepare?

I originally followed the official London Marathon training plan, but half-way through I realised that the plan wasn’t going to get me out on the road long enough. I altered the plan by adding an additional 2km to every run until I got to 32km (20 miles). 

How was race day?

AMAZING! Definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but so worth it! Before the race I had a quiet calm wash over me and I knew everything was going to be okay and that my training would bring me through. The crowds were electric, their love and support for strangers gave me the determination to carry on, even when I was struggling. Prior to race day I had busted my ACL so running 26 miles on a bad knee was so hard, and at mile 11 it gave way, but the love and support I felt from the crowds really got me through. Just hearing people shout my name and say they believed in me and that I could do it really got me going again.

Why did you choose OIAM as your chosen charity?

I love the work OIAM do, I’ve been attending the afternoon teas since the very beginning and I love to see how much it’s developed over time. I especially love to see how the charity helps children who attend the events and clubs that are provided to them through fundraising. 

How would you summarise your experience? 

It was tough, but I’m tougher.

Finally, if you could share any advice with our children and young people, what would it be?

When life gets hard you just have to keep going. Even if that’s just putting one foot in front of the other or taking something second by second. Keep reminding yourself that you can and you will do it. Remind yourself who you are, that you’re amazing and strong, and when things get difficult, to keep your head held high. Do not back down just because it’s hard, you’ll find that most things worth having are difficult to achieve. As my God-Mother says; “How do you eat an elephant? In bite-sized chunks!” 

On behalf of all at One In A Million we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Megan for her outstanding effort and support. YOU are one in a million!

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