A WEST Bromwich runner has pledged to complete this year's London Marathon and donate more than £1,600 to St John Ambulance despite a serious injury in her final weeks of training.
Amanda Secker, 45, feared she may have to abandon her plans to compete in her first ever marathon a week on Sunday (April 13).
But after getting medical attention, Amanda says she will walk and run the 26.2 mile course around the capital so she can donate the £1,625 she has raised to the first aid charity.
Amanda, who works in administration for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, has competed in several half marathons and always dreamed of participating in the iconic event.
As well as collecting donations from friends, family and colleagues, she organised a two-hour spinathon at her gym, The Village in Walsall, and raised more than £700.
Amanda said she was devastated by the fact that she may not have been able to take part.
"I have shin splints, tendonitis and a tight calf and have been undergoing weekly deep tissue massages to try and sort it out. I could have deferred my place but that was absolutely the last resort - I really wanted to run this race but I couldn't train for three weeks," she said.
Following advice from a physiotherapist, she will now take part in the race and aim to finish it by walking and running.
Amanda, who used to volunteer for St John Ambulance as a first aider in West Bromwich, added: "I chose to fundraise for St John Ambulance as I am very aware of the good work it does every day, which is funded by charity donations."
Nearly 200 runners will be fundraising for the charity in this year's Virgin Money London Marathon.
More than 1,000 SJA volunteers from all over the country will be on duty with approximately one volunteer for every 35 metres of the course. They will include first aiders, doctors, nurses and paramedics who will man 45 ambulances and 52 first aid posts.
St John Ambulance has been providing first aid for the London Marathon throughout the 33-year history.
SJA's Fundraising Co-ordinator Siobhan Clifford said: 'We're so grateful to Amanda for taking on this huge challenge on our behalf whether she walks or runs – she will literally be running to save other people's lives.
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