A Good Run
For those looking for tales of kind and selfless acts by complete strangers, look no further than the London Marathon. The 2018 race certainly did not disappoint. Take Jo Denton from Poole in Dorset who was running the 26.2 mile course to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. When the 41 year old suffered what she thought was a sprained knee with just four miles left to run, “wonderful strangers”, including fellow runners and race volunteers, stepped in to support, carry and even push her in a wheelchair so that she could hop over the finishing line and claim her medal. One spectator even lent her a pair of crutches. The maths teacher was initially helped by Sally Daley and Joanne Graham from Sheffield, who were running for the same charity. Ms Daley said: “We just really felt for Jo. We thought we can’t leave her and we’d do whatever we could to get her to the finish line. It was hard going for all of us. There was the heat and Jo was in so much pain. We’d have been devastated if she hadn’t made it”. And it turns out she needed all the help she could get as an x ray later showed that, far from spraining a knee, Ms Denton had actually suffered a stress fracture which over the course of the race had developed into a full leg break. That could well have occurred at the 25 mile mark when her leg “totally gave way”. It was at this point that St John Ambulance volunteer Ollie Needham and a colleague helped Ms Denton into a wheelchair and pushed her to the finish. “They realised how distraught I was to get so close to the end and so they ran the last mile pushing me in a wheelchair to the finish line,” she said. “Then he and another runner helped me hop over the finish line. My faith in humanity is at an all-time high. Such wonderful support from complete strangers which must have caused them pain themselves. I made a few friends for life,” she said. Heroes one and all.