Novice runner crosses the line despite foot injury

A Fremington mum-of-two shrugged off a broken foot to cross the finish line at the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday.

Kelly Grant, 35, thought cramp had set in at mile 10 of the 13-mile road race but went through the pain barrier to raise £850 for the Everything Ellie charity.

“It wasn’t until Monday morning that the doctor said I had a stress fracture,” said Kelly, a sales consultant for Gazette sister title the Agriculture Trader.

“It was a bit of a surprise but I’m glad it didn’t stop me finishing.”

Kelly said she had been training for the event since November last year, with regular runs between Fremington and Instow.

“I’m a complete notice when it comes to running and started from scratch.

“I built up slowly over the weeks and was really pleased with how it went – I did what I set out to do.”

Kelly chose to run for Everything Ellie, a charity set up in memory of Barnstaple teenager Ellie Easton, who lost her battle with leukaemia in March last year.

The charity provides a beach hut at Saunton Sands for people with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

You can still sponsor Kelly on her Virgin Money page here.