Swaffham hairdresser Louise Green raised more than £4,000 by completing the London Marathon in memory of her father, Paul, who died from lymphoma six years ago.
Louise, who owns the Anne Marie salon in the town, ran for the Anthony Nolan Trust and said the atmosphere in the capital was electric.
She added: “There are times when you do want to stop but I was just thinking about my dad. He had cancer for years and people with cancer are the true ones with strength and courage. They are fighting all the time. My challenge was easy in comparison to that.”
Despite feeling pains and aches Miss Green said she was lucky enough to have inherited her father’s determination and this helped her to finish.
She is keen to repeat the experience next year where she hopes to beat her time. She said: “The support I had from friends, family and clients was phenomenal, my heart was in it for the charity and knowing that I had more than £4,000 behind me I just knew I couldn’t stop.”