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Date: 1 June 2020

Time: 05:06

Image: Hayley struggles to cross the finish line at the London Marathon

Radiographer Hayley inspires the country

Story posted/last updated: 30 April 2019

UHB Research Radiographer Hayley Carruthers has made headlines across the world, thanks to her dramatic finish at the London Marathon.

After running the 26.2 mile marathon, Hayley collapsed just before the finish line, and crossed the finish line in a personal best of 2:33:59 by crawling the final few metres.

Hayley, who received medical attention, was able to celebrate her brilliant achievement with friends and family, and returned to her day job less than 24 hours later.

Based in the Cancer Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham site, Hayley is part of the research radiography team, and continues to combine her job with her running exploits.

According to reports, Hayley was the only female professional athlete at this year’s marathon who also has a full-time job.

After the race, Hayley spoke to The Telegraph and said: “I’m not badly injured at all, apart from my pride!

“I’m really touched that people have been so kind about it. It’s not a reaction I expected – it’s certainly not my goal to end up in that state at the finish.”

Hayley, whose first competitive race was the Manchester Marathon in April 2017, tweeted on her return to work: “Don’t worry guys I’m a’ok! Back to reality… #doublelife”

Victoria Harrop, Senior Research Radiographer, said: “We were all so pleased to see Hayley get another personal best on Sunday.

“Hayley is continuing to combine two of her passions – running and being a research radiographer – with the support of her colleagues.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing where her running takes her next!”

Hayley’s perseverance in crossing the line by any means necessary was seen by millions of people around the world.

Speaking about the global interest, Hayley added: “It’s been slightly strange to say the least, I feel like a celebrity!

“It’s amazing that my video has been seen by so many people.” 

“Continuing to work in research does sometimes feel like a double life, and the job can sometimes be mentally draining, but I find that going for a run always makes the day better.”


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