A registered veterinary nurse from south Wales raised £400 for the charity Support Dogs by completing the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Sian Llewellyn celebrates completing the marathon and raising £400 for Support Dogs.

Sian Llewellyn, head nurse at the Barry and Boverton Animal Health Centres, chose the charity 10 days before entering the race having attended a talk about its work.

Support Dogs helps increase the independence and quality of life of people with medical conditions by training and supporting specialist dogs. It trains autism and disability assistance dogs and seizure alert dogs.

Miss Llewellyn said Support Dogs was an amazing charity.

“Having heard what a difference they make to so many people, I really wanted to raise funds for them,” she said.  “I’m already being asked whether I’ll enter another marathon. During the race my answer would have been no, never again. Now the pain has gone, my answer is most likely yes.”

Miss Llewellyn is a member of a running club in Cardiff and had completed two half marathons before she entered the ballot to run the marathon.

“Taking part was really tough,” she said. “I had abdominal and hip pain towards the end, but family, friends and the roar of the crowd got me through.

“The drums, music and fancy dress costumes made me smile at so many points throughout the 26.2 miles. You can’t help, but laugh when you see a gorilla skipping along the route or an ostrich having to stop to go to the toilet.

“My highest point was turning the corner to run down The Mall to cross the finish line hand in hand with a complete stranger.

“Receiving my medal was an emotional and proud moment. I finished in five-and-a-half hours, which was slower than I hoped but I blame the various painful parts of my body.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Support Dogs is asked to contact her on 01446 733406. More information on Support Dogs is at www.supportdogs.org.uk

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