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Chiswick Schoolgirl Is One Of Youngest Marathon Runners
ONE of the youngest London Marathon runners battled to complete the race last weekend, despite a painful knee injury, writes George Lindsay-Watson.
Evie Rothwell Douglas, 18, finished the race in 5 hours and 9 minutes after her knee swelled up on Sunday (22).
She stopped off at a St. John's Ambulance tent in Bermondsey to get it strapped up, 11 milesinto the race, and carried on.
The sixth form student at Chiswick School, Burlington lane, raised £2267.85 for the charity Children with Cancer after her feat.
She said: "I picked it because I feel really strongly that all young people should have a chance in life and too many are struck down by this illness."
The student, who competed against 37,000 other runners, added: "I feel really proud of myself and am still in a state of disbelief. I had a feeling of total relief when I crossed the line."
She was applauded by her assistant head teacher at the Chsiwick school, Mr. Saddler, who didn't begrudge her a day off on Monday to recover.
The teacher, who runs marathons himself, said: "I'm incredibly impressed by her resilience. It reflects her commitment to the charity and her overall approach to everything she does. She knows that excellence can only be achieved through considerable effort."
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