I survived! We've raised over £700!

I survived my first marathon! Thank you so much to everyone for your kind donations and words of support, I couldn't have done it without you. Click below to find out how the day went.

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who very kindly sponsored me to run the Kent Roadrunner Marathon. We’ve managed to raise over £700 including Gift Aid and off-line giving.

• If you wanted to donate but never got round to it, fear not, the ship’s not sailed. The link is still open for you to give at:  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/christabelmccooey

• Alternatively, if you’ve been thinking about becoming a regular giver, join the movement to make Speak sustainable and sign up at http://www.speak.org.uk/donate


I also wanted to thank you for your kind words, prayers and support in the build up to the day; I can’t tell you what a difference it made, particularly at those times when I’d find myself thinking that perhaps the stress of my BPTC exams had got the better of me and this marathon was a sign I was actually clinically insane.


Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that, as you might know, I’d been hampered by a knee injury in the build up to the marathon. It meant that I hadn’t been able to run for weeks but could only use the cross-trainer instead. A physio had said I would probably have to walk most of the race.

I could still feel my knee was not 100% on the night before the race. I was quite concerned but I thought of all the prayers and encouragement that I’d had, and for some reason the phrase “In your weakness, I am made strong” kept coming to me.

When I started running, for the first time in weeks I felt no pain at all in my knee. Despite expecting it to deteriorate as I went on, it didn’t. To my great surprise, I was able to run the whole 26 miles, despite the scorching heat.

The strangest thing was – and nothing like this has ever happened to me before – after the race my whole body ached a lot! But the one place where I felt no pain at all was on my left knee!

I know in my bones that it was not my own strength alone that got me through the race so smoothly.

So I hope you will be encouraged to take some big risks and know that God is with you in it, however impossible it looks on outside appearances. And even if you feel like a bit of a lunatic.

I’ve put together 10 things I’ve learned from the marathon… Click here to see