Coaching basketball: Ruth Eytle’s feeling of freedom, love and escapism

A poncho and a sachet of salt can go a long way when you are running the London Marathon, just ask basketball coach Ruth Eytle, who completed her maiden 26-miler in the rain in April, raising £4300 for the Young Lewisham Project and her junior basketball club Activities 4 U

The Londoner didn’t find the gruelling run ‘too bad’ because she stuck to her race strategy and was the benefactor of an American woman’s kindness, who gave her a poncho to guard against the rain and a sachet of salt to boost her body’s electrolytes on the way to the finish line. 

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