DREAM to run the London marathon will come true for Dundrod
woman Kerry Lindsay, widow of motorcycling hero Darran Lindsay.
Last week the Star reported that Kerry, 30,
hopes to raise funds by running the Belfast marathon in May in
memory of Darran, who died last September during practice for
the Killalane Road race in Dublin. However, on Monday she
learned she will also have a chance to run in London in April.
The young mother of three had applied for
London but was unsuccessful in the ballot and couldn't believe
her luck when she was told her dream was to become a reality.
Kerry said: "I entered a competition in
Runner's World Magazine a few weeks ago. They had five places
for the London Marathon, and asked people to write in 100 words
why they should be chosen to run.
"It is something I always said to Darran that I
wanted to do and now I will.
"When I was writing my entry I had a funny
feeling that I was in with a good chance." Kerry s entry read:
"I'm a 30-year-old mother of three children under four years of
age. I ran my first marathon in Belfast, 2006. My husband was so
proud of me. Since then I often spoke to him about how I'd love
to run in London '07, he said definitely go for it. "On
September 9 he lost his life whilst competing in a motorbike
race. My world fell apart. I would love to run in memory of
Darran and raise money for injured riders." Elizabeth Hufton of
Runner's World Magazine said: "Everyone who entered had a great
reason for running but what struck us about Kerry's entry was
her complete lack of self-pity, despite the devastating loss of
her husband. Her entry showed determination, focus and a
Kerry said when she put the phone down after the
good news she cried.
She knows running both marathons in two weeks
will be gruelling. "I am going to attempt both but I may end up
having to walk quite a lot of the Belfast one," she joked. If
you are interested in joining Kerry in the Belfast Marathon in
any of the different stages or would like to make a donation
which will go to the Injured Riders Fund and the MCUI Medical
Team, contact her on 07928484457.
Kerry - now getting ready for the London and