Sheryl Jermyn, a former pupil of Coldingham Primary School and Eyemouth High School successfully ran in this year’s London Marathon for the charity Age UK.
She achieved a time of 4hrs 18 minutes following many months of hard training.
Sheryl’s parents, Alison and Jim, thoroughly enjoyed their emotionally-charged day, following her progress from Surrey Quays to the Mall in glorious sunshine.
Sheryl said: “It was with a mixture of trepidation, excitement and emotion that I headed towards the London Marathon start line in Greenwich Park. The emotion was heightened still further with the 30 second silence to remember the victims of the Boston marathon bombings. It was a credit to humanity that 30,000 people fell so silent, you could have heard a pin drop.
“The Boston tragedy made running this year’s London marathon all the more poignant.
“The race itself was harder than I could ever have imagined. My body started feeling the strain around the 20 mile mark. That was also a significant milestone because it was the furthest I had run in training. However, the incredible support I received from family and friends cheering on the sidelines, knowing that I was running for Age UK and sheer determination got me through the heat, aching limbs and general fatigue. It really is a case of ‘mind over matter’. Crossing the finish on the Mall is a moment that I will treasure for a long time to come.”
Asked about the future, Sheryl suggested a period of rest might be in order before further training for shorter runs!