Early last year we lost my brother Tim to pancreatic cancer. The impact this has had on his wife, daughters, our Mum and his father in law and sisters in law has obviously been quite profound. The grieving process moves on with time and at the moment I've got a simmering resentment towards pancreatic cancer. This is my chance to draw a line in the sand and to start fighting back on behalf of my family. Through the generosity of Alton Sports I've been given places in the Fleet Half Marathon and London Marathon and so this year's race schedule looks like this (it could change as the year progresses, but hopefully not by very much, if at all):
March 18th - Fleet Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
April 22nd - London Marathon (26.2 miles)
June 3rd - Striding for Survival (10K)
June 17th - Hampshire Hoppit Marathon (26.2 miles)
July 7th - Serpent Ultra Marathon (32 miles)
October 7th - Downslink Ultra Marathon (38 miles)
December 28th - Winter Cross Ultra Marathon (32 miles)
Every single mile of each race and of each training run will be done in memory of Tim and so every penny you can sponsor me for will be very welcome.
I can't do this on my own and I need to very publically thank the people who support me. My family and loved ones, Sandra Letford (my coach), everybody at the Cardiac Rehab in Alton, Georgie and her team at Alton Sports, Sue Andrews (deep tissue massage magician), all of the Alton Runners and all of my work colleagues at Whitehill Town Council who put up with my incessant moaning and random days off for "recovery" (AKA eating, an activity which my brother would heartily approve of).
If you'd like to follow me on Facebook then do a Facebook search for "Chris Norkett" and I'm usually the first one to come up. I'll accept any "friend" requests you send me. If you do Instagram you can follow me at #oldandfatandrunninglong.
Please spread the word for me and don't worry, if you forget to sponsor me today I'll be reminding you again.
And again and again.........
Thank you very much indeed.
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