Sunday, 22 October 2017

Runner has a whale of a time

A WOMAN who ran the London Marathon dressed as a killer whale says the atmosphere at the race was ?electric?.

A WOMAN who ran the London Marathon dressed as a killer whale says the atmosphere at the race was ?electric?.

Beanie Garnett wore the 8ft costume, nicknamed Lolita, to raise money for the Born Free Foundation, a wildlife charity, at Sunday?s event.

She finished the course in five hours and 16 minutes.

Miss Garnett, 25, of Bell Street, Henley, decided to take part after watching a documentary about the suffering of killer whales in captivity at SeaWorld in Florida.

The costume was made by her uncle and aunt, Steve and Nikky Shergold, from Gloucestershire, out of chicken wire and piping.

It was so big that she was turned away from a bus after the marathon as there wasn?t enough room for her on board.

Miss Garnett, a former rower who works for a software company, said: ?The only way I can describe the marathon is electric. The support from the crowds was something else, it was like the 2012 Olympics.

?The costume hurt my back a bit but it was really good. The only annoying thing was people calling it a shark. I got a lot of comments and had to stop correcting them after a while.

?There were complete strangers shouting my name, which was a big pick-me-up, and I also saw some old school friends who I hadn?t seen in years.

?I had a mini-tantrum at mile 18 when I hit ?the wall? but as you run round Tower Bridge it?s such an amazing atmosphere and really special.?

Miss Garnett, who was supported on the day by her family and friends, has already beaten her fundraising target of £2,000 and hopes to raise more than £3,000.

She has been invited to Orlando next year to take part in a triathlon with a team from the makers of the documentary, Blackfish.

She said: ?I?ve been asked to do the triathlon in the whale costume. I was going to donate it to charity straight away but I?m attached to it now. I thought after Sunday that I?d never want to run a marathon again but now I think maybe I do.

?I?d like to do it again without the costume to see how fast I can go.

?My body was in complete agony on Monday morning but it was completely worth it.?

To donate to Miss Garnett, visit www.justgiving.com/beanie-garnett

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