Super Sam runs marathon on one leg…


SHE did it! Expat Sam Bayley, who lives in Benalmadena, has run the London Marathon in a bid to raise awareness of mental health issues, and along the way collect money for two charities.
But she had to do it against the odds after she tore her calf muscle just weeks before the run.
And she wasn’t alone as Sam went over the line hand in hand with two other expats – Jennifer Ferry Franks (Children with Cancer) and Kerry Campbell (Cancer Research UK and a cancer survivor) – both from Arroyo de la Miel, Malaga.
Sam said: “I felt truly blessed to have shared the experience with them, so much so we decided to have our official photo taken together.
“The whole event was absolutely amazing from start to finish! The sheer number of runners was at times overwhelming, 38,600! The crowds cheering were so uplifting all the way round and especially when it got to the last mile and a half.
“I will never forget the feeling of turning right in front of Buckingham Palace and running down the Mall to the finish line. We were all a bit emotional receiving finishing medals.”
Together with the Celebrity Divas Concert organised earlier in the year, Sam has helped raise €5,211, way beyond her original target.
She said: “I owe so much to so many people for supporting me in trying to help the Mental Health Foundation.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions as for the last seven weeks of training I tore my calf muscle and basically had to swim and cycle my way to the marathon day and rehab the injury with loads of physio. However, job done – though slower than I would have liked, at five hours 37 minutes.
“Now I have to do another one just to see what it’s like to run it with both legs hitting the ground!”


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