Hannah's determination shines through
Pain from a hip stress fracture 12km from the finish didn't stop Invercargill's Hannah Pascoe from completing the New York Marathon today.
The blind runner and her guide, Andrew Moreton, also of Invercargill, ran the 42km in 5hr 25min 16sec.
They were forced to walked or jog the final 12km, with Pascoe determined to get the finish despite the stress fracture.
''I was never going to give up,'' she told the Southland Times this morning.
The injury hindered her training before she left Invercargill last week.
''It's been overwhelming, there's so many people. They're calling out, encouraging you and [verbally] pushing you on.''
After the finish, Pascoe went to a medical tent to have the stress fracture examined.
''I'm outside the tent waiting for her," Moreton said this morning. "I'm wrapped up in that tin foil stuff that keeps you warm.''
The pair were given two support people for the marathon.
''They were great, they cleared the way for us and stopped people from bumping into us,'' Moreton said
''It's been quite emotional.''
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