Hi everyone!


Thank you ever so much to all of you for your very generous sponsorship pledges for our Bath Half Marathon Challenge! Without you I think I may have decided to stay in bed that day! 


I don’t mind telling you that I really struggled with the first 6 miles and found the whole thing an even bigger challenge than I had ever anticipated, but with my wonderful friend and colleague, Cat Savage, shouting encouragement for the whole 13 miles, and never leaving my side (even at the 1-mile marker when I discovered my camel bag was leaking Lucozade all down my back, and we had to stop at the roadside to empty it!) we finally made it over the finish line after 2hrs 46 mins. I really couldn't have done it without her (and she undoubtedly could have finished the race a lot quicker without me!).


My diabetes added to the challenge (I had low blood sugar 1 hour before the race was due to start – panic stations!!) so I am feeling really pleased with myself that I managed to finish the race. Having to stop every two miles to do a blood test and eat jelly babies certainly made the run interesting!! And let's not even mention how erratic my blood glucose levels have been since the run (the blood sugar can drop dramatically any time without warning for up to 48 hours after a long run!). But it was amazingly inspiring to see how many different charities were represented on the day, and to witness such camaraderie amongst some of the runners, not to mention the fabulous supporters who stood for hours and cheered everyone on.


So, massive thanks to you once again, from the bottom of my heart, for helping us to raise such a tremendous amount for a cause that is very close to my heart. I am sure that Ed was watching us on the day and cheering us on, I just hope I made my big brother proud.


Love and best wishes





Did you know that more people under 40 die of a brain tumour than any other cancer?
Or that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of UK children?


Vic's story:

As many of you know I lost my brother, Ed at the young age of just 26. Ed battled a brain tumour for 2 long years, and his courage and optimism will always remind me what a brave man he was. This year Shep and I decided it was about time we did some fund-raising in Ed's name to help the fight against this vicious killer.

I don't run. At all.  So as I'm sure you can imagine I am DREADING this challenge. But that's why it's so important that you all PLEASE DIG DEEP and donate as much as you can to this really worthwhile charity. I am seriously worried that I won't be able to finish the race and my training is only reinforcing that fact!! It's getting scary now!  Therefore any small amount you can spare will help to put a smile on the face of this wheezy, asthmatic, diabetic as she desperately pushes herself around the course in the hope of crossing that finishing line!!

Shep's story:

I've never done anything for charity before and when Vic mentioned that she was thinking of running the Bath Half I felt really proud of her. I wasn't allowed to accompany her on the sky-dive (her last fundraising event) as I was apparently deemed "too heavy"!! So it didn't take me long to decide that I would join her and help raise funds for Brain Tumour Research (well, Ed would have been my brother-in-law after all!)

Training has been hard so far, mainly because Vic is so slow that I have to keep doubling back to check on her!!  I know that most of you will be thinking that this is a walk in the park for an athlete like me, but having not done any exercise for the past two years I can assure you it's proving much harder than I anticipated!

So please donate any spare change you can find to spur me on! 

About the charity:

Brain Tumour Research aims to raise at least £7M per year, in the hope that they will be in a position to compete favourably with survival statistics in North America and other, better-funded, nations and bring renewed hope for improved outcomes to brain tumour sufferers.

Cancer Research dominate much of the fundraising in the UK for cancer charities. But did you know that 25% of all cancers spread to the brain?

 So please be generous and help us to raise Brain Tumour Research the money they need to start finding a cure for this terrible illness.

If you can, please take the time to read some of the stories on the Brain Tumour Research website ( and to look at some of the statistics:

"In hope" tells the stories of many brave soldiers who continue to battle their brain tumours. It gives some inspiring insight into the tales of these courageous souls who have survived and now attempt to regain some normality in their lives.

"In our hearts" tells the heartbreaking stories of those who fought hard but eventually lost their battle against "the Big C".

We hope that this might give you a vague sense of how it feels to witness someone losing their battle to this horrendous form of cancer, and perhaps give you an idea of how common brain tumours are.

Thank you for visiting our page.


Raising money for

Brain Tumour Research

Brain Tumour Research

Charity Registration No. 1153487

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of UK children and adults yet receive just 1% of the national spend on cancer research. We are the only national charity in the UK funding sustainable and continuous research into brain tumours. Let's #FundTheFight together and ultimately find a cure.

Donations 55

We are so proud of you Vicky! What an amazing achievement for such a fantastic cause. Lots of love, Becca, Stephen and Jasper. xxx

Donation by Rebecca Glenny on 01/04/11


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Well done Victoria, what an achevement. Love Hamish and Jane Wilkie xxx

Donation by jane Wilkie on 31/03/11


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Donation by Louise Gaffney on 17/03/11


Well done Vicky! x

Donation by Sarah H on 10/03/11

Well Done Vic and Steve. A few more hours training and you'll both be in line for a call up to join the 2012 squad.

Donation by Tricia and Peter Lewis on 09/03/11

Well done you!!! Sorry its so late xx

Donation by Anonymous on 09/03/11

Well done :)

Donation by Ben on 06/03/11


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Good luck!! love Gav & Lou

Donation by Gavin Barlow on 05/03/11


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Good Luck guys!!! I hope you make it in the times you want Big Hugs Bxxx

Donation by Bryony Pearce on 05/03/11


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Good Luck and well done for all your hard training efforts. It'll be cheese time soon :-) xx

Donation by Josie Bide on 05/03/11

Donation by Janet mahto on 04/03/11


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You're doing a fantastic thing in memory of your fantastic brother. He will be so proud of you... Good luck to you both.xxxx

Donation by LIBBY CREW on 04/03/11


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Good luck to you both, go easy on the jelly babies!

Donation by Alison Marfell on 04/03/11


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Good luck Vicky and Shep!!!

Donation by Elizabeth Chubb on 03/03/11


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Vic and Steve - Good Luck and hope all goes well. Love Lindis and Martin

Donation by Martin Whitehead on 02/03/11


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Go for it Vicky you can do it! Good luck and enjoy the day. Don't forget your bin bag!

Donation by Dai F on 02/03/11


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Good luck with the run, great charity to donate to. All the best. Love from Nij and Jess

Donation by Jessica Claridge on 02/03/11


Will be thinking of you both - just dream of the pint at the end. Lots of Love xxxxx

Donation by Colette Bernard on 01/03/11


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Gooo-waaaan lady v and shep.

Donation by Victoria Thrift on 01/03/11

Good luck to you both.Enjoy the day and . . Keeeeeeep running!! xx

Donation by margaret decesare on 22/02/11


+ £11.28 Gift Aid

good luck guys,,, just make sure u beat shep, vic

Donation by nathan booth on 20/02/11


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Good luck :o) A worthy cause and very happy to support it. Enjoy!! xxx

Donation by Emily Loomes-Vrdoljak on 20/02/11

Good luck Vic and Steve and keep taking the jelly babies. U. Merv and A. Marg xx

Donation by margaret claridge on 18/02/11


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Go for it Vicky! Best of luck.

Donation by Dean Taylor on 17/02/11


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Go team Mr and Mrs Shep! Hope to be running with you Vics! x x x x

Donation by Katherine Moody on 14/02/11


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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,540.01
  • Offline donations£1,572.72
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£3,112.73
  • Gift Aid£310.26

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