Harpenden sepsis survivor to run London Marathon for 50th birthday
PUBLISHED: 17:11 15 April 2019
A Harpenden woman who survived sepsis two years ago is marking turning 50 by running the London Marathon for a disability charity.
Elisabeth Grover, 49, is raising money for the charity Leonard Cheshire and their Can Do Sport initiative, which helps young people with disabilities get into sporting activities.
Nicknamed the 'smiliest marathon runner' for her ability to keep smiling while running the 26-mile marathon, Elisabeth has named her fundraising campaign 'Smiling for 26.2' and has already exceeded her fundraising target of £1,800.
Elisabeth was inspired to support the charity after contracting sepsis, a life-threatening condition which left her with exhaustion, chest pain, limb pain, headaches and cognitive difficulties.
She said: “When I was discharged from hospital I found life very challenging.
“It gave me a small insight into the lives of others who suffer from chronic illness and those who have a permanent disability.”
By launching herself into running for charity, Elisabeth discovered a passion for marathons.
She said: “I push my personal boundaries every day. I have just completed my third marathon in four months, something I never thought I'd be physically able to do this time last year, and I'm deeply motivated to help others find their passion and commit to it.
“I love being outside and sharing that love of nature and the positive mental effects that running can bring into your life.
“It's not easy to go the distance but I feel amazing when I push myself and achieve things I never thought possible.
“I've been called the smiliest marathon runner and I think that's not just because I love running but because I love to spread joy and inspire others too.”
To donate to Elisabeth go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elisabethgrover