I will be running 9 Half-Marathons in memory of Nicola Riley.
Nicola and I first met at the age of 4 in Merton House School, Chester. I have many treasured memories of our 7 years together there. I know she would be so proud to witness the growing success of the charity (Nicola's Fund) that she dreamt of creating.
About Nicola and the charity:
Nicola was beautiful, clever,talented, funny, warm, mischievous and very kind. Small in stature, with a huge and dirty laugh -she sparkled for us all. Her gifts in drama and dance recognised at her first school, Merton House were developing in an exiting way at Hammond School, Chester, before her illness brought her future plans to an abrupt end.
For three years she fought a courageous battle with a malignant brain tumour, before she lost that fight and died 5 days before her 15th birthday on April 20th 2005. During her lengthy, protracted treatment, Nicola faced the trials of chemotherapy and radiotherapy with great bravery. Although she was often in pain she managed to sustain her family and friends with her high spirits and her laughter.
The charity was Nicola's idea and over the last four & half years it has helped 192 families (upto Oct 2010). the majority of these families are given a weeks holiday in centre parcs ,all expenses paid, so the whole family can enjoy a weeks repite during very difficult times, capturing some great memories.
I will run the following Half-Marathons over the next year. It will be quite a challenge but it is for such a great cause so please feel free to join me, sponsor me or come to cheer me on!
-Wilmslow Half Marathon Sunday 22nd March
-Blackpool Half Marathon Sunday 26th April (the day after Nicola's Birthday)
-Chester Half-Marathon Sunday 17th May
-Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Sunday 14th June
-English Half Marathon (Warrington) Sunday 20th September
-London Royal Parks Half Marathon Sunday 11th October
-Bradford City Run Half Marathon Sunday 25th October
-Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon Sunday 6th December
-Essar Four Villages Half Marathon Helsby Sunday 17th January 2016
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