Anna Boniface become the first woman to finish London Marathon 2017

Anna Boniface from Reading who worked at Complete Physiotherapy was the first non-elite woman to cross the finish line at the London Marathon on Sunday, April 23. Not only did she run the marathon smashing her personal best by seven minutes to finish in two hours 37 minutes, she also won the English Athletics Championship race.

Reading Athletics Club runner Anna started with the masses and her superb time saw her finish as the fifth British woman in the overall standings, including elites. The 26-year-old, who works full time as a physiotherapist for the NHS, said: “I was always an average club runner and finished in the middle of the field in the tables, then all of a sudden in 2015, I had this progression.

“I started to run competitively and my coach and I both said that my debut time in the London Marathon last year was quite good, we figured that London might be my event.

“Initially, my main aim was my time, I was aware of the guys that were next to me, and I knew them as well, but all of a sudden I thought I might push it.

Anna posted on Twitter: 2.37.07 & 1st women in the championship/mass race @LondonMarathon. Thank you to everyone who has supported me #VLM2017

“I was going to stick to the plan, but then I thought I might actually try and race it.

“By mile 24 I could barely see”

Anna has gained an England vest and will race out in Canada later this year. Good Luck Anna!

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