My name is Naomi Kinsman - everyone knows me as Nays - and I simply love my job as the Centre Coordinator for the Ivybridge Donkey Sanctuary which is home to 18 happy, well cared for donkeys.
The Donkey Sanctuary is such a special, inspiring place to work and since joining the charity in 2014, I have been inspired to take on a personal challenge to help raise vital funds for the work we do.
I am taking on my first full 26.2 mile marathon, simply because it is one of the hardest challenges I could have set myself taking me completely out of my comfort zone.
I feel honored to have been awarded a Golden bond place to run the Virgin London Marathon as part of a team of six, all raising money for The Donkey Sanctuary.
Three years ago I was fairly inactive and quite overweight. On my first attempt at running, I could not complete a 400 meters circuit around my local park without stopping.
Along with determination and sheer grit, I will complete this London Marathon with a smile on my face
So, I kept trying, until I could run around it. What next? Well I kept running and trying until I could run around it twice. Then one day, after many laps, I finally had the confidence to leave the safety of the park and headed out into the public streets.
Since then I have completed a 10K and Half Marathon, raising thousands of pounds for charity. Although I will admit, I use far more determination than actual technique to cross the finishing lines.
Months and months of hard work training are going into preparing for this marathon. Long runs on dark evenings in wet weather, aching legs, sore feet and endless pounding of tarmac are all part of the preparation.
Along with determination and sheer grit, I will complete this London Marathon with a smile on my face at the end and hopefully raise as much money as I possibly can for The Donkey Sanctuary.
Ivybridge Donkey Sanctuary is one of six centres across the UK providing donkey assisted riding therapy for children with additional needs.
Each week, over 150 children visit our centre with their schools to ride, groom and care for our beautiful, gentle and patient donkeys. All of our services are free of charge and we do not receive any government funding.