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Shirley and Gillian have been life long friends who both came to running a bit later in life, spurred on by a chance to catch up for a blether away from the kids. Sometimes it's hard, cold, miserable, sore, boring and rubbish.....to start with, but always at the end of every run we've finished up happy, invigorated, enthusiastic, glad of the company and always full of chat about what we might be able to achieve one day!
Top of that list for a long time now has been to run the London Marathon. An absolute Bucket List dream, but something after years of knocked back entries, we thought would never be possible. Indeed when the acceptance forms dropped through our door in October 2016, it seemed pretty impossible then too.....out of form and getting on a bit for this kinda malarkey.
But then there is the best of reasons to stick to the task and get it done....running for The MS Society to support all the great work they do in supporting people with MS, their families and hopefully reaching their goal of finding a cure for this terrible disease.
Shirley and Gillian have both been touched by MS. Shirley's husband Sam has lived with it now for several years, but his gritty determination to keep active and support his family is an inspiration. Gillian has friends with the disease, and they have never failed to amaze her with their strong, upbeat approach to every hurdle thrown in their way.
Sadly not everyone has beaten MS - Shirley lost her cousin Alan a few years ago and then Gillian also losing a good friend at the start of 2016 has been hard to take.
All the more reason to stick to the task, raise as much money as possible for the MS Society, and have the bonus of achieving that bucket list dream too.
We would be so grateful if you could donate what you can to help support the MS Society and also spur us on to cross that finish line, 26.2miles and some 5hrs of running later. Nobody said it was easy, but knowing that we are doing something, anything to help with the MS fight, makes it all worthwhile.
Thanks a million. Shirley and Gillian xx
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