Kesah takes on London Marathon for Veterans Aid
Kesah Trowell joined around 40,000 London Marathon runners on 22nd April to raise funds for Veterans Aid. The 42-year-old, who heads up corporate responsibility for Dixons Carphone, completed the 26.2-mile course in just 4 hours – an amazing result considering the 2018 event was officially the hottest on record.
Weary but triumphant, and nursing aching limbs, Kesha said afterwards “It was boiling hot but an incredible experience because the weather drew bigger crowds and their energy was palpable. Thankfully we were never short of water… or ice pops, jelly babies, blueberries, oranges, bananas, high fives, low fives – I was even offered an ice-cold bottle of cider which I declined!”
When asked what thoughts kept her going Kesah said, “A combination of ‘ouch’, ‘gotta stay hydrated’, ‘why the heck did I say I’d do this’, ‘I can’t let anyone down’, ‘never again’ and ‘one last push’. And I thought, ‘It can always be worse – I could be dressed as a tree!’ People dug deep to sponsor me – the very least I could do was dig deep into myself…”
During her marathon training, Kesah got injured. “Despite clean living and keeping up my fitness, I’ve been plagued by a pinched sciatic nerve. But I’m a big game player and I had a damn good reason in VA to give it my best shot.”
Kesah got to know Veteran’s Aid through a friend who volunteers at the charity. “He’s a straight-talking military man and someone I respect very much, so when he explained how VA supports soldiers in a unique and tangible way, I was intrigued. Through my work I interact with lots of great charities on a daily basis – but as well as the warm family feel of the team, VA shines through in terms of the immediacy and quality of its support. I also admire how the charity quietly and capably ‘gets on with the job’ of helping people – just like the former soldiers they serve.”
At the idea of running another marathon, Kesha said, “I’m officially retired now… but I’d never say never – who knows what life will bring!”
CEO of Veterans Aid Dr Hugh Milroy said, “Going the extra mile to support a charity is one thing, but being prepared to press through the pain barrier over 26 takes real commitment and we were rooting for Kesah all the way. It’s humbling when fundraisers push themselves so hard to help us, but gratifying to have such dedicated supporters.”