SOUTH Essex College Sport Maker Layla Prior has secured a place to run in next year’s prestigious London Marathon.
Layla, who organises enrichment sport activities across the College’s three campuses in Basildon, Southend and Thurrock, will run the 26.2 mile course to support Whizz Kidz.
The charity supports disabled children and young people by providing vital mobility equipment as well as help and support to give them the best start in life.
The charity is close to Layla, because her work as sport maker means she works closely with the charity to provide enrichment activities for disabled students at the College.
Despite being involved with sport on a daily basis, Layla said the marathon would be a huge challenge, but also extremely rewarding.
She said: “I joined a running club in May and decided that I needed something to aim for so I spoke to Whizz Kidz and I was accepted to take part in the London Marathon for them. My job involves working with disabled young people which will continue to inspire me to do something great for a charity that does amazing work.
“People assume because I’m involved with sport the marathon will be easy for me, but it will be a challenge. The marathon is a test of endurance, which is totally different to what I’m used to.”
Layla is currently running around eight miles and is using her training schedule to build on her distance in preparation for the big day in April. She has competed in half marathons before but accepted a full marathon is a completely different encounter.
She said: “I’m ready for the challenge ahead. If there is anything that will get me across the finish line, it’s the children I’m supporting. Whizz Kidz does a fantastic job and I won’t let them down, even if I have to crawl across the line!”
You can sponsor Layla via www.justgiving.com/Layla-Prior1