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

PUBLISHED: 11:52 10 March 2011

Debbie Smith at the Barcelona marathon.

Debbie Smith at the Barcelona marathon.


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!

Debbie Smith at the Barcelona marathon.

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.”

Debbie Smith at the Barcelona marathon.

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.

“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.”

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