Nurse inspired to take on London marathon

Published: April 26, 2017

Nurse inspired to take on London marathon

Kirsty Blair, charge nurse at Richard House, had never competed in a running race before signing up to the London Marathon. “Through my work I constantly meet inspiring children and families, and so I jumped at the chance to raise money to ensure that they continue to get the care and support that they need,” she said.

Kirsty was aiming for a time of 5.45 and was on track to meeting this. “I was feeling great for the first 20 miles. But the 21 mile mark I heard a ‘pop’ and I knew I had done something to my foot. I carried on, walking and running to the finish line. I finished in 6.08 and with a torn ligament in my foot.”

Despite the intense pain, Kirsty says she has the London Marathon bug. “I’d sign up for next year now if I could! Yes I was in a lot pain but that’s nothing compared to the amazing atmosphere, it’s hard to describe it. My highlight was running around a corner on to Tower Bridge and it seemed like everyone was chanting my name. That, and my colleagues and children from the hospice who were along the route, really kept me going.”

Kirsty has so fair raised £2100 for the Richard House. You can donate to her at

Richard House is now taking applications for runners to take part in the 2018 Virgin Giving London Marathon.

If a marathon seems a little daunting the hospice also has a huge runs of runs, cycles and challenges to suit everyone. Find out more at