Marathon Mums: ‘We’ve done it’

Just Regional
May 22, 2024 2 mins read

Two young mums who took on the gruelling challenge of the London Marathon for the first time have told how “everyone’s generous donations helped to carry us across the finishing line.”

Diana Rowlands and Elly Davies, who both had babies last summer, have raised “a mind-blowing” £10,000-plus for research into pancreatic cancer – the disease which claimed the life of  Elly’s mum and Diana’s mother-in-law Karen Rowlands.

“What a day! The crowds were amazing and the atmosphere was electric! So tough though, such a mental game to push through to the finish line… all those incredible donations and thinking of my beautiful mum got me to the end!,” said Elly, who ran the 26.2 miles in 4:37:31.

Diana, who clocked 5:56:11, added: “Even with all the training this was a harder challenge than I ever imagined, but thinking about everybody’s generous donations got me to the end and I feel so proud of the difference that it will make. I hope our hard work will save someone else’s mum in the future.”

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Diana Rowlands, with her baby Layla, and Elly Davies after completing the London Marathon.


Karen, who lived at Roughton near Cromer and worked as a weaver at Alby Barns near Aylsham, was an all-action sporting all-rounder, and mother-of-four, who died aged 64.

Diana and Elly decided to take on the challenge of running the London Marathon for the first time as a fitting way to pay tribute to her.

Weeks after Diana gave birth to Layla and Elly welcomed Otto into the world they started preparing for the great challenge with regular training runs.

As they grew fitter and stronger they stepped up the distances to tackle the Blickling and Great Yarmouth half-marathons, and longer runs prior to heading for the capital for the biggest challenge of all.

To raise funds and awareness Drayton resident Diana held successful quizzes at Blofield, Old Catton, Hellesdon, Aylsham and Northrepps and Elly hosted live music nights at Roughton and Trunch where she sang with her husband Ben Davies.


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INSPIRATION: Karen Rowlands.



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