Sheffield mum Carol Speight is aiming to celebrate turning 40 years old by running Sunday’s London Marathon for the first time. We asked her some quick questions about why she’s choosing the Marathon as her challenge – and why Crimestoppers…

Carol in here Crimestoppers vest

Carol rarely stops fundraising!

Q. So, why the London Marathon?

I’ve lost four stone in recent years, purely from running and eating more healthily.

It’s a long way from my previous life, so I’m well outside my comfort zone!

Q. And why Crimestoppers as your fundraising cause?

I’ve known many people who have been victims of crime – been burgled or had personal possessions stolen, so helping to raise funds for Crimestoppers seemed perfect to me.

Q. How have your colleagues reacted to you taking on the Marathon?

Staff at Matalan, where I work, probably think that I run around far too much! But it’s worth it!

Carol out training for the big day on Sunday

Carol out training for the big day on Sunday

Q. What’s been your main motivation through all the hard training?

I’ve just turned 40, so completing one of the most iconic marathons there is whilst raising money for a notable charity is a real bonus, and a great way for me to celebrate.

 

Thanks, Carol!

 

For coverage of Crimestoppers at the London Marathon, and to see photos of all our runners in actions, check out our Twitter and Facebook pages on the day of the Marathon, Sunday 23rd April.