Marathon runner Louise Waplington from Witham has all the inspiration she needs from her son

Louise Waplington with husband Martyn and son Leon

Louise Waplington with husband Martyn and son Leon - Credit: Archant

Mum-of-two Louise Waplington, 32, is doing her first ever marathon in a bid to raise £1,800 for the National Autistic Society.

Louise Waplington who is running the London Marathon, with her son Leon

Louise Waplington who is running the London Marathon, with her son Leon - Credit: Archant

The mid-day assistant at Chipping Hill Primary School, Witham, chose the charity after her son Leon, now eight, was diagnosed with autism aged two-and-a-half.

Louise said: “The charity has helped us out with various bits and pieces and they do so much work for the families of people with autism I thought it was my time to give something back.

“Up until last year the furthest I had run was 5km doing the Race for Life, but I applied for this and it has gone from there.

“I did the Silverstone Half Marathon earlier this month and I did reasonably well, I was happy – the support from the crowd was brilliant.


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“Both Leon and my daughter Annabelle came along, and to hear Leon in particular as I was going around gave me that extra push. He is my inspiration, that is why I am doing this.

“I am looking forward to it and, thanks to everyone who has supported me so far, I am well on my way to my target.”

To sponsor Louise visit her JustGiving page.

• Are you running this year’s London Marathon? If so let us know at newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

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