Cinderella’s marathon ball

Alison Mackie running the London Marathon wearing the Cinderella frock!
Alison Mackie running the London Marathon wearing the Cinderella frock!

Cinderella did go to the London Marathon and had a ball.

Bramham resident Alison Mackie completed the 26.2 miles dressed as the fairy story character to raise nearly £2000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Bramham Village Hall.

“I had three goals when I started out on this fund-raising mission: to raise over a thousand pounds for two very special charities, to run the 26.2 miles in the frock and to do it in under five hours.

“I am delighted to have achieved all three and have more than doubled my fund-raising target.

Alison lost her Dad to pancreatic cancer last September and played the part of Cinderella in pantomime in December.

“Pancreatic cancer is often referred to as the Cinderella cancer as it receives so little research and funding and I just wanted to do something special for my Dad due to this twist of fate,” she added.

Alison admitted that she hadn’t trained in her costume before the big day and wondered if she could finish.

“I thought it best not to know how hard it would be and now on reflection that was a good decision.

“As my support crew waved me off, I hesitated and wondered whether to abandon the outfit.

“I have to admit at around 18 miles the weight and restriction of the dress was a little over-bearing but at 20 miles I got my second wind and flew round the last 10km in just over the hour.

“All the little children shouting it’s Cinderella was just wonderful.

“I got cheers from mums and dads too, many cheers were for Maid Marian, Snow White and Wench, but at least the little ones recognised me.”

Alison, who finished in 4 hours 54 mins and 19 seconds, added: “It was truly an amazing event to be part of and was a very special day.

“Having completed this event I do now feel that I can take a step forward after losing my Dad and I can start to look to the future.”

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