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Weekly Edition - Published  11 August 2016

 

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Southport's Nicki tops London Marathon's

A 29 year old, from Southport, who claims to be "no runner at all" now shares a unique bond with the joint winners of the 1st London Marathon.

Nicki Ainsworth clocked 5:56.25 to finish the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon in 36,082nd place. Little did she know that by doing this she became the 1,000,001st finisher in the 36 year history of the event and therefore number 1 of #2ndmillion.

The #2ndmillion project is the second phase of the #oneinamillion campaign which celebrated every runner who successfully completed the 26.2 mile challenge since the first race in 1981.

Shannon Foudy, 39, a serving Police Officer from Hemel Hempstead, became the millionth finisher of the Virgin Money London Marathon when she crossed the line in 36,081 place on 24 April 2016.

But Nicki now has the prestige of becoming number 1 in the #2ndmillion campaign as the Virgin Money London Marathon starts the countdown to its two millionth finisher.

Nicki now shares being number one with the joint winners of the 1st London Marathon:- Dick Beardsley (USA) and Inge Simonsen (Norway) who famously crossed the Finish Line hand in hand in 1981.

"It's a bit of a family joke... My older sister Sarah, who did the London Marathon in 2010, always says she is number one, but she can't this time! I knew I was close to being the millionth finisher but when I went on the London Marathon website to look at my results, it was a bit confusing to see me down as number 1.  My 1st thought was 'that can't be right', but then it became clear that it was number 1 for the #2ndmillion and that's a nice thing to be able to say."
said Nicki.

Nicki was making her marathon debut in London but following in family footsteps. In addition to sister Sarah, mum Judith and brother-in-law David have also run the 26.2 miles of London.

"It's become something of a family tradition. It was the 1st time I had done it and I'm by no means a runner. It was a really good experience. I had only done a 5k before training for the marathon so it was a bit of a struggle, but it really felt like an achievement when I had done it." said Nicki, who was raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Every finisher in the history of the London Marathon is able to buy a special commemorative t-shirt with their unique finisher number, with all proceeds going to the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

For those that finished in the first million, their finisher number between 1 and 1,000,000 will be printed on #oneinamillion T-shirts, and for those that finished after Nicki in 2016 (and in future years), their finisher number, again starting from 1; will be printed on #2ndmillion T-shirts.

To order your T-shirt, visit:- VirginMoneyLondonMarathon.com.

 

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