Proud Debbie completes Barcelona Marathon and raises �2,000 for Help for Heroes

JUBILANT fund raiser Debbie Smith has successfully completed the Barcelona Marathon - and is already looking forward to running it again, but this time dressed as a strawberry!

The marathon held through the streets of the Catalan capital on Sunday was a magnificent event says Debbie, who raised around �2,000 for Help for Heroes.

“There were 15,000 runners, and the crowd had come from all around the world, it was a fantastic atmosphere,” she said.

Debbie was one of 33 runners raising cash for the charity that raises funds for injured ex-servicemen. She completed the run - her first ever marathon - in four hours and 47 minutes.

“One of our runners was dressed as a banana and broke the record as the fastest runner to complete the course dressed as a fruit,” explained Debbie, who lives in March. “So next year I am planning to run dressed as a strawberry.”

Help for Heroes founder Bryn Parry was at the finishing line to congratulate Debbie and the other runners.

“I hit the wall after 20 miles and thought I was going to pass out,” said Debbie. “But Bryn had told us about a Royal Marine who was left as a tetraplegic after being injured in Afghanistan. Bryn told us to think of that soldier when we hit the wall.

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“Almost at the end I was given a Union Flag, so I sprinted to the finish, I don’t know where I got my energy from. I really enjoyed a massive beer at the end.

“I am really proud I did it, and would like to thank everyone who supported me, especially my husband Bruce who came to Barcelona. I am determined to keep fund raising and keep running.”