Marathon task for Laura!

Laura with daughter Ruby after she completed the London Marathon.
Laura with daughter Ruby after she completed the London Marathon.

An “elated” Spen mother completed her first marathon at the weekend, raising more than £2,000 for a charity close to her heart.

Laura Fletcher, from Gomersal, raised £2,318 for the meningitis research foundation after completing the London Marathon on Sunday.

“Thank god that’s over!” she said. “It went really well though – it was my first one, and I had a five-hour target, and I completed it in four hours, 58 seconds!”

She added that, although she kept some energy in reserve, the 26-mile race began to take its toll half way through.

“It got really difficult around the 14-mile mark, she added. “I think it’s because you have run such a long way, but you know you have a long way to go.

“But I was so elated when I finished it!”

Laura ran the marathon to raise awareness of the disease her daughter, Ruby, survived in December 2011, at the age of 13 months.

Laura said: “My daughter spent seven days in an intensive care unit and was discharged having made an excellent recovery.

“Her illness had, and continues to have, a profound impact. It is only since Ruby began to recover that I was able to research into the illness and hence discover just how lucky she was.”