A NEWPORT student with spina bifida who completed the inaugural ABP Newport Wales 10K has been described as “an inspiration” by one of her teachers, writes Tom Moody.

Ayesha Khan, who was raising money for Whizz-Kidz, a charity that offer support and equipment to disabled children, completed the race two minutes faster than her predicted time.

Her personal tutor at Coleg Gwent, Maxine Stone, said: “Ayesha is a determined young lady who strives to achieve all she sets out to do and the Newport 10K was no exception.

“She had set herself a time, which she beat, and raised a good sum of money for her chosen charity, Whizz-Kids. She is an inspiration to us all and I look forward to seeing her succeed in her many other challenges inside and outside of college.”

Miss Khan, who studies Administration at Crosskeys Campus, said: “I beat what I was predicted to do it in. I was meant to finish in two hours 28 minutes, but I finished in two hours 26 minutes.

“In the first and second mile I felt good. Then I felt my body tire in the third mile. I felt like I was going to fall over.”

The 22-year-old from Pillgwenlly said that the support she received as she completed the race was incredible.

She said: “It was really good. I met some people that I knew, they were taking photos and videos. People were high fiving me and it was really great. I can’t wait for next year’s race.”

When asked if she would be racing again next year, Miss Khan did not rule it out.

“I don’t know about that,” she said. “Maybe.”

Miss Khan has so far raised £135 online for Whizz-Kidz, a charity that she has been involved with since 2010.

To donate to Miss Khan's cause, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/ayesha-khan28.