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Way back in the 1930s, author Scott Pack's late grandmother, Florence Ilott, experienced a brief period of fame after she became the first person to sprint across the Westminster Bridge in London before Big Ben managed to strike 12. To commemorate her achievement, Pack decided to tell the story online, and Twitter was totally there for it!


Ilott actually had a history with the giant clock...


She wasn't the first person to attempt the run, though she may have been the youngest.

Before long, she decided to try running across the bridge for herself.

The event was well-publicized!

Florence not only made it across in time, but became the first person to sprint the distance of the bridge by the 10th chime! Her skills didn't go unnoticed, nor did she stop there.

She would later enter other competitions, though few others were bridge- or clock-based.

Of course, Pack knew Ilott as his grandma long before he found out she was a historical figure.

Florence Ilott Runs Across Westminster Bridge, 1930s - Film 61077 youtu.be

Twitter was totally absorbed by Pack's grandmother's tale...







Pack's thread has received thousands of likes, with many people clearly inspired by Ilott's story.

He responded to the deluge of love with this message:

"Thanks everyone for your kind words about my nan...She would have been very surprised and touched by the reaction to her story. But first I would have had to explain the internet to her."

H/T - Indy 100, Twitter

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