Wednesday, 4 November 2015
A KILKEEL mother-of-four completed a remarkable challenge last week when she was the third Irish woman home in the Dublin marathon.
Held on the bank holiday Monday, 26 October, the 26.2 mile race saw approximately 15,300 people take part.
Laura was the 239th person to cross the line out of the thousands taking part, with a time of 2 hours 56 minutes 21 seconds.
What makes her achievement all the more special is that this is only her second full marathon, having completed the Belfast marathon back in May.
She has also taken part in half marathons and 10k events and completed the Belfast half marathon in September.
Laura said she always had an interest in running, but had never committed to a more intense level of training before this year.
“I have always loved running, it is my time to chill and get time to myself, but I never took it very seriously. I only really started training in February before doing the Belfast marathon in May," she said.
“My dad had a heart attack and I ran the Belfast marathon to raise money for that."
Laura also used the Dublin marathon to raise for another cause close to her heart, as her friend's father has leukaemia and she wanted to raise money for charity.
“I also did it to make my family more proud of me," she said, and her husband and four children travelled to Dublin to support her last week.
“I have four children, aged 5, 4, 3 and 1. They are the best craic and there is never a dull minute with them!
“They have been at all the races so far, cheering me on. I was so glad to see them when I finished the Dublin marathon, it was quite emotional."
Laura said she was unaware of her marathon achievement straight away.
“I had not realised I was the third Irish girl home until Tony Bannon came over and told me. I couldn't believe it. I was brought over to a podium and presented with a bunch of flowers and a medal."
Now she has been firmly bitten by the running bug, Laura recently joined Mourne Runners Club as she knew "it was time", although as a busy mother to four children, she admits it is difficult to get out running as much as she would like.
Her ultimate goal is to complete the London marathon and has set her sights on taking part in it next year. She has already met the criteria of completing a marathon in under 3 hours and 15 minutes.
“The London marathon is my next motivation and there will be a lot of training for that. I am still new to all this, so I am getting more experience, the more I do."
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