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Marathon challenge for Brighton road crash victim
A woman catastrophically injured 12 years ago after being hit by a car is has set herself a tough
Harriet Jordan Wrench is in training to run the London Marathon next month and is pushing herself to the limit to make sure she reaches the finishing line on the day.
It will be the first time the 29-year-old has run a marathon – and it will be a big step for her after she suffered life-chang ing injuries when she was struck by a car in Madeira Drive, Brighton, in 2000.
Just 16 at the time, the former Dorothy Stringer School pupil had been celebrating a friend’s birthday at the Volks Tavern nightclub when was struck as she crossed the road.
Her skull, leg, ankle and all her right ribs were fractured and she broke her pelvis in 12 places.
She was unconscious for almost a month, with doctors fearing she would die, and has subsequently endured nine operations.
She said: “The London Marathon is the ultimate challenge and I aim to finish it. I don’t think I’ll do it in three hours but I’ll do it in my own time – and I don’t want to come last.
“I started running a while ago, just round the park, and it went from there. The training is going well – I’m up to 17 miles now and by the end of next weekend I hope to reach 20.
“I’ve heard that during the marathon you kind of hit a wall at 20 to 21 miles but so far I’ve never run that far. But I can stop if I have to.”
Harriet, who was talented at sports as a child, moved to London from Brighton, where she lived with her mother Pauline in Miller’s Road, in 2004 to study Fine Art at Central St Martins.
Despite her injuries, she had taken her GCSEs just months after the accident wearing an oxygen mask and on a morphine drip.
Her high grades earned her a place to study law at the sixth form college BHASVIC in Dyke Road,
Now she runs a London-based videomaking website called secretsessions.tv, where she has worked with bands including Brighton hiphop duo Rizzle Kicks, The Stereophonics and Hanson and the artists Ben Howard and Frank Turner.
She said: “Physically, my injuries have made the running that little bit harder than for anyone else. The right side of my body is much weaker and so I compensate by using my left side more, which causes aches and pains on that side.”
Harriet plants to raise at least £2,000 for RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims, which helped her mother in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
The charity, which selects one candidate a year to run for it, has chosen Harriet for this year’s event on April 13.
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