The one millionth finisher in last month’s Virgin London Marathon has been announced as 39-year-old Shannon Foudy from Hemel Hempstead. Shannon, who was competing in her first ever marathon, was running to raise money for the Luton & Dunstable Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (the L&D NICU) after they saved the life of her daughter, Catrin, in 2010.
Six years ago, Shannon unexpectedly went into labour at just 26 weeks pregnant, giving birth to Catrin, who weighed just 2lb 5oz. Catrin was immediately transferred to the NICU at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital as she had suffered complete organ failure and a massive brain haemorrhage.
Yet, with the help and dedication of the team at the NICU, Catrin made a remarkable recovery, and six years later, was able to watch her mum take on the challenge of London Marathon and become the event’s one millionth finisher.
On the announcement, Shannon commented: “I knew about the #oneinamillion campaign and it’s unbelievable that I am the millionth finisher. I ran to say thank you to the Luton & Dunstable NICU and it is the most worthwhile thing I have ever done."
During the race, Shannon even managed to squeeze in a quick hug with her daughter: “Catrin, Jamie and my mum and dad were at the 14 mile mark so I stopped there for a few cuddles. Being surrounded by so many people running for great causes was amazing.”
You can visit Shannon's fundraising page here.