Nurse is defying the odds

Sophia Hayley
Sophia Hayley

Just months after crawling from the wreckage of her overturned car, nurse Sophia Hayley will join thousands of others at the start line of this year’s London Marathon.

Sophia, 28, was driving back to her Ilkeston home on the A52 when she hit a tyre on the carriageway and her car ended up rolling twice and landed upside down.

Sophia Hayley's car crash

Sophia Hayley's car crash

She said: “It was terrifying but I was really lucky.

“I only ended up with a dislocated shoulder and cuts and bruises.

“It was a miracle that no other cars were involved and that there was someone there to help me.”

After the accident, Sophia, a nurse at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, said she felt demotivated and needed something to aim for.

She explained: “I wanted something to work towards and needed a challenge. I decided to apply for the marathon and never thought I’d get in.

“A couple of weeks back I was really nervous but now I’ve had a few of my longer training runs I feel better about it.

“I just want it to be the day now so I can get running.”

Sophia chose to raise cash from her run for the charity Action for Hunger.

She said: “I have a lot of colleagues who are from the Phillipines and their families were torn apart by the typhoon.

“It was an easy decision to support a charity that is helping so many friends and family members of people that I know.

“Everyone has been really supportive so far.”

To raise cash Sophia has held cake sales at work as well as organising other events and setting up a fundraising website.

She hopes to raise a total of £2,000.

To sponsor Sophia visit or text HALE48 £ and an amount to 70070.