Injured last year, now fighting fit - marathon runners prepare for Sunday’s 26.2 mile event

Marathon runner Michael Rushton

Marathon runner Michael Rushton


Two runners who had to withdraw from last year’s London Marathon due to injury are expected to take part in the event next Sunday.

Nicky Thomas, 41, of Ixworth, had to pull out of the race last year after damaging her knee, while Michael Rushton, 39, of Bury St Edmunds, sustained a stress fracture in his foot.

Nicky, a teaching assistant at Walsham-le-Willows Primary School, is raising funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) after seeing, first hand, the support it gave to the family of a child she used to support.

The mother-of-three said: “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. I’m slightly nervous, and excited, but looking forward to the atmosphere on the day.”

Michael is raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, which gave ‘truly exceptional’ care to his mother, Patricia Rushton, until her death in January 2010.

He said he was ‘fighting fit and ready to go’ despite the birth of his first child, Edith Patricia, six weeks ago, ‘sleepless nights and changing nappies not with standing’.

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