A retired military police office has run a marathon every other day since the original date of the London Marathon up until VE Day, using her wasted marathon training to raise thousands for UK soldiers.

Rachel Webster said she was inspired by the efforts of 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore who "showed me anything is possible", so decided to dig deep and raise some money.

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So far she has more than doubled her fundraising target of £1,000.

Prior to lockdown, Rachel had run miles and miles in preparation for the 2020 London Marathon, due to start in Greenwich on Sunday, April 26.

Like many others, it appeared her training would go to waste after the event joined thousands of others worldwide to hit by the coronavirus pandemic. With charities also struggling massively from lost donations from the marathon, Rachel said why not run my own.

She said: "Capt Tom showed me that anything is possible and I want to dig deep and hopefully with the help of friends and family raise some funds in order for the charity to continue their amazing work…"

Since then, Rachel has ran or walked a whole marathon every other day, a total of seven, crossing the finish line for the final time to a guard of honour on VE Day, just in time for the 11am silence.

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The effort has so far raised around £2,800 for the ABF The Soldiers' Charity who help soldiers for life, as well as commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day in a special way.

On her fundraising page, Rachel said: "Please show your support for our soldiers, veterans and their families and help me reach my target!! Much love to you all... Rachel."

If you'd lie to donate, you can find the page here.