Dentaid trustee Jane Lelean has completed her second London Marathon raising funds for the charity.
Jane completed the 26.2 mile race in, 5 hours and 55 minutes after running in temperatures reaching 25 degrees.
“When I ran the London Marathon two years ago it was the coldest one ever and this time it was the hottest on record which explains my slower time,” she said. “The heat was such a shock to the system because you train throughout the winter months – in fact my training was disrupted by the ice and snow. It’s hard to adjust to the sudden change in temperature and I saw lots of people who’d collapsed or had to stop but luckily I managed to keep going.”
Jane was new to running when she started training for the 2016 London Marathon. And when Dentaid had a place in this year’s event she was persuaded to sign up for a second time.
“I’ve been on several volunteering trips to the refugee camps in Greece and have seen the need for safe dental care,” she said. “I kept the people I met in Greece in my mind while I was running.”
Jane has raised £1790 so far from her marathon effort which will be used to support Dentaid’s work in refugee camps in northern Uganda. More than a million people who have fled fighting in South Sudan live in the camps where there is no access to dental care. Dentaid is paying for one of the charity’s Ugandan associate dentists, Angel Nsubuga, and his team to travel to Mijale in Yumbe District where they will provide emergency dental treatment and oral health programmes.
“The district has no dental facility at all which means that there is no dentist in the whole area,” said Dr Nsubuga. “People have a series of dental problems that means they resort to traditional healers and as a result there’s chronic pain and complications. We are offering different treatments to the community saving teeth where possible and relieving pain.”
Jane, who runs The Institute of Dental Business which offers coaching and training services for dental practices that want to make their good practices great and also volunteers on Dentaid’s mobile dental unit at Trinity House day centre in Winchester, says she’s undecided if she’ll line up for another marathon. “At miles 17-24 I would have said never again, but the noise from the crowd is so amazing that it keeps you going. The whole event has a carnival atmosphere and actually it’s great fun. I’ve been showing everyone my medal and am very proud of what I’ve achieved.”
To sponsor Jane visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/janelelean1