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Ed's London Marathon Marathon

Running the London Marathon for Cancer Research UK because in memory of my loving mother.

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  • In memory of: Lynn Corrin
  • Event: Virgin Money London Marathon, 23 Apr 2017

Cancer Research UK

We pioneer life-saving cancer research to help beat cancer sooner

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Story

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

In February 2015 I lost the most amazing person in my life, my mum. 

MummaBear, Loobyloo to some, Lynn to others, first told me she had cancer back in 2007/8. Breast cancer. But she always told me that we would beat it, and despite the odds she was in remission by 2010/11.

Obviously, this was such brilliant news and we had some great years after. 

Our last Christmas was in 2014, and what a great Christmas it was. Sadly soon after she started to deteriorate as we realised the cancer had come back, and not just in the same place. It had spread to her kidneys, back, liver...almost everywhere. On February 18th 2015 Mum passed away, and I will forever miss her.

Mum was so generous and so determined to beat this terrible disease she was constantly raising money for Cancer Research. Whether it be coffee mornings, charity walks, she was always doing something for this great cause.

This is where you can help me. For those of you who don't know me that well running anywhere just doesn't happen. You'd more likely find me with a glass of wine talking some rubbish on a Saturday afternoon than jogging. However, in dedication to mum and her work for Cancer Research I will be running the London Marathon, 26.2 miles, in April to raise money for Cancer Research. 

I aim to raise £5K plus so please do dig deep and give to this great cause.

To lose mum last year was a terrible shock, and there have been so many families devastated by this terrible disease. However, thanks to supporters like you Cancer Research has saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Over the past century, their researchers have made consistent progress in the fight against cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years.

Even the smallest donation will help not only get me across the finish line, but also go towards helping all those touched by cancer. 

Let's beat cancer together. #FuckYouCancer

******** Rather Major Update to this page *****

So whilst I have managed to raise £2,886.20 i have yet to actually run the marathon due to a couple of injuries along the way. On March 27th 2017, 3 gruelling months into my training, i decided it was a fabulous idea to go on a ski trip. Now whilst it was only a month till the marathon, i thought as i was at peak fitness, and wasn't drinking, or smoking - what's the worst that could happen......Let me tell you.

On day 2 of the trip, 600m out from where we were finishing for the day, i managed to catch the front end of my snowboard in slush and flipped forward. Now even though i wasn't going at break neck speeds, the mistake i made was placing a empty plastic water bottle in the pocket on the front straps of my back pack. When landing my arm crushed the bottle into my ribs and then all hell broke loose internally.

Whilst i was oblivious to what had actually happened (and proceeded to board down the remaining 600m) i had actually broken 3 ribs and ruptured the main artery in my spleen. 

Cue....helicopter evacuation, bucket loads of morphine & ketemine, and a 4 week hospital stay in Chambery and 3 months off work. 

By July though i was back to work, and off the opioids, and started slowly getting back into running. Deferred my marathon place t0 2018 and all seemed well with the world again.

Apart from it wasn't. Due to the severity of the spleen injury i had - apparently 45 minutes from no longer being here - the small (but terrible if your running) injury i had in my knee - a micro fracture - was missed which i then massively aggravated by doing silly things like running too soon, and too far. So cue another surgery and 12 weeks on crutches and ANOTHER deferral. 

But now i'm back training and ready to not only take on the London Marathon in 2019, but complete 3 half marathons in October 2018 - Oxford Half, Royal Parks Half and Windsor Half on consecutive weekends.

From January 2019 i'll also be ditching the booze and cigarettes again in preparation for the April 2019 Marathon.

Even the smallest donation will help not only get me across the finish line, but also go towards helping all those touched by cancer.

Here we go....again..x x x 







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