A Diss veterinarian swapped the stethoscope for running shoes as she conquered four marathons over four days for Help4Heroes, following in the footsteps of her practice’s business dinner which raised over £5,000 for the charity.
Dr Marie Bouvet, director of Cherry Tree Vets in Roydon Road, completed an “ultra-marathon” of 32 miles followed by 26-mile runs across four consecutive days, inspired by the success of an event held at Brome Grange in January which drew sponsors from many local businesses, including Dick White Referrals, and brought in £5,850 for the war veteran’s charity.
A vet for 20 years and co-founder of Med and Vet in Eye, Dr Bouvet said she had been motivated to push herself to the limit by taking on increasingly difficult challenges, ever since witnessing the London Marathon in April 2012.
“Being in London at the same time as the marathon, living the atmosphere and absorbing the amazing ambiance set by the runners and the crowd, I thought to myself ‘this looks fun, I should try it someday’,” she said.
“I believed that each tiny step further into training would carry me to the finisher’s medal. It did. It’s not a trick, just patience and consistency.
“I was unlucky to be doing this challenge in the hottest British week of the year.
“To be fair, I enjoyed it too and am likely to be doing it again even though it is not what I had in mind when I went through the finish line for the fourth time.”
Dr Bouvet has now set up two separate Just Giving fundraisers following her most recent marathon effort, one supporting Help4Heroes, and the other for the benefit of Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of her late mother-in-law Mary Ellerton, whom she described as “a very worthy lady for a worthy cause”.
“I hope my story will inspire people to get active and believe in themselves. I hope I can carry on raising more money for charity,” she added.
“You can have huge dreams and extraordinary goals, the most important thing is to take the first step. Have a goal, believe you can, and you’re halfway there.”
Anybody interested in contributing towards Dr Bouvet’s Help4Heroes fundraiser can do so by paying a visit to www.justgiving.com/fruitandnuts
Meanwhile, to support her fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, you can go to www.justgiving.com/MArie-Ellerton4in4/