A horse lover will be running London Marathon later this month (23 April) to raise money for the charity who rescued her foster pony, Mickey Blue Eyes.

Mickey was discovered in a desperate state by a member of the public in 2014 (pictured top). He was six months old and close to death, suffering from malnutrition, pneumonia and hypothermia.

He was taken in by the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society (EHPPS) and nursed back to health. In 2019 he was fostered by Annabel Marriott, where he remains to this day. Annabel says he is unrecognisable to the “zombie foal with dead eyes” he once was, and he has turned into a “confident cuddle monster”.

When Annabel received a place in this year’s London Marathon, she knew she wanted to support the charity who saved her beloved Mickey.

“I am running in aid of EHPPS, one of the many equine charities desperately trying to help horses and ponies in dire need,” she told Your Horse. “So far this year they have taken in two abandoned Shetlands and nursed them through a nasty case of strangles and just last week had a mare signed over to them in the middle of a difficult foaling.”

London will be Annabel’s first marathon, having taken up running in her thirties. She has completed more than 150 parkruns and a “smattering of races” from five miles to half marathons to date.

To find out more and to sponsor Annabel, click here.

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