FIRST-TIME marathon runner Mhairi Beattie put aside a niggling knee injury to complete the Liverpool event in four hours, 12 minutes lats weekend.
Mhairi, a Muckle Toon Jogger, said she “enjoyed every step” in one of her favourite cities and hoped she would be able to run more marathons.
She said: “Running a marathon was never something I wanted to do or even thought would be possible.
“Running is something I stumbled into and is now my vice. It clears my mind and helps me jump life’s hurdles. It also keeps me in my size eight jeans.
“Balancing life as a single mum, working as a driving instructor and as the Level 3 teaching assistant course tutor and early years assessor at Carlisle College doesn’t leave me much time to run, let alone the long runs you need to fit in for marathon training. So that was a challenge in itself.
“When I signed up for it, I didn’t think I would even get very far with the training. But I was determined.
“Training went well and I just focused on getting the mileage up in my long runs. Each one was a buzz because I’d run only as far as 13 miles when running events.
“On some long ones I was accompanied by other Muckle Toon Joggers but as the mileage increased, I was on my own. I just listened to music and ran in new surroundings.
“In the last three weeks I injured my knee which put me out the game and the marathon was looking doubtful.
“It was so deflating and frustrating but in the last couple of days I decided I would still give it a bash. It was what I’d trained for and if I needed to walk, that’s what I would do.
“But, as soon as I crossed the start line, I knew I could do it. I just kept running and enjoyed every step.
“Yeah, my knee hurt but so did everything else but that was forgotten about when battling against the headwind along the Mersey for four miles to cross the finish line in four hours 12 minutes, which was amazing.
“The crowds were fantastic and the atmosphere keeps you going. Liverpool is one of my favourite cities; that’s why I chose it. It was my first marathon and, hopefully, not my last.”