A woman who was airlifted to hospital after a road crash has completed a marathon in support of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Triathlete Susan Fry, 41, from Sovereign Harbour, was taking part in the Mini Marshman triathlon in Lydd in Kent when she came off her bike.
She was planning to compete at the World Triathlon Championship qualifier in her age group in Nottingham the following weekend.
Police believe the mother-of-one may have been in collision with a passing vehicle and were appealing for witnesses following the incident in May.
Susan suffered serious injuries including a minor brain bleed, a broken shoulder, bruised ribs, hip, arm and knee.
But she made a miraculous recovery, managing to complete her first ever Brighton Marathon in 3hrs and 18 minutes at the weekend.
It was her first marathon since 2008, but her fifth overall, and she narrowly beat her London Marathon time of 3hrs and 20 minutes.
Susan recently met Air Ambulance paramedic Alan Cowley for the first time since the collision.
She said, “I remember asking their names at the time but the trauma and blow to my head must have prevented me from remembering.
“I’d just like to add my heartfelt thanks to all the Air Ambulance team particularly to Dr Amy Hughes, paramedic Alan Cowley and the pilot Craig.
“Although I was aware I’d sustained serious injuries, I felt reassured that I was receiving the best possible care and I shall be forever grateful for their help.”
Susan, a former personal trainer and sports massage therapist, was given treatment at the road-side by the doctor and paramedic before being flown to King’s College Hospital in London.
Her partner Liz said, “It was really reassuring to know that Sue was being taken to a specialist hospital to deal with her injuries.
“This can make all the difference to the outcome of her injuries.”
Susan wasn’t the only Eastbourne resident running for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance; Chris Procter, of Procter Health Care, crossed the line in 6hrs and 18mins.