Cheryl Batt Marathon

A mother who was abused as a child took on the London Marathon for the first time in 2016 to help us fight crime in the UK.

Cheryl Batt, 49, from Weston-super-Mare, has first-hand experience of the devastating impact of crime. She was abused between the ages of 6 and 14 but finally went to police at the age of 25 and later saw her abuser plead guilty in court.

Cheryl bravely waived her anonymity at the time to speak about what had happened, and fundraise for other victims. Now, as a call handler for Avon & Somerset Police, she helps other victims of historic sexual abuse speak up.

Speaking up

She said: “It’s so important to report crime. When I speak to victims, I always tell them that they’ve done the right thing by coming forward. It helps them but it also may be helping others by taking an offender off the street.

"I chose to run for Crimestoppers because it’s a charity that’s very close to me. I work for the police so I see the good work that Crimestoppers does, providing anonymous information from the public that helps to solve crimes.”

Anything is possible

The London Marathon 2016 was the first time that Cheryl had attempted a marathon but she says it’s something she had always wanted to do.

She added: “I am 50 next year and thought it would be something good to do before that milestone and I believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

"I have been running on and off for many years but the only race I have ever taken part in is the Race For Life, which was five kilometres. The marathon is bigger than that so it was a huge challenge for me.”

Marathon day

On the big day, Cheryl's family were out in force to support her and cheer her home.

Inspired by Cheryl's story?

Find out about applying to run this year's London Marathon for Crimestoppers.