Basildon Hospital nurse beats the heat to complete London Marathon

HAVING battled with freezing temperatures and torrential rain during months of training, Simon Hicks, a nurse at Basildon University Hospital, heroically completed the hottest- on-record London marathon on 22 April.

Simon was running his first 26.2 mile event to raise money to enhance care for older patients on Lionel Cosin ward. He set a fundraising target of £500 but after the race his total exceeded £1,600.

Today (Monday) he took some well-earned leave from work. He said: ‘I am feeling sore and achy but so pleased I finished.

‘The hardest part was definitely the stretches where there was no shade. Running in the heat was really tough and something that I didn’t experience during my training. Knowing that it was the hottest marathon on record, I do feel proud that I finished as a
novice runner.

‘The high point was seeing all my friends and family cheering me on along the route. And seeing my friends from Lionel Cosin ward at the final 600 yards before the finishing line really motivated me to keep going.’

Simon got the running bug two years ago after completing a 10k event. He has been a nurse at the trust for eight months, and says he always wanted to work with older people.

He added: “Many of our patients are living with dementia and I want the money to go on things that will make their hospital stay more comfortable. That was a huge motivation for me to do it.”

Cathy Bituin, manager on Lionel Cosin ward, said: “We are all really proud of Simon. He is a very caring nurse and this shows in his work and also in this amazing effort he made for our patients.”

You can still make a donation to Simon’s fundraising. Please go to: Hicks

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