Please note that because of injury I will not be able to take part in the 2017 London Marathon. I have deferred my place and will resume training and fundraising for the 2018 London Marathon later in the year. Thank you for all your support and kind words!
Those of you who have known me for a while will probably think this is ridiculous – and I agree! I've never been athletic in any way, far from it! But at the beginning of January 2016 I finally completed the Couch to 5k programme and started running regularly. This was already an achievement I never thought I'd be capable of!
And then, in April, I was watching the London Marathon on TV. I'd read so much about the fantastic atmosphere and what an amazing experience it is, and suddenly I found myself filling in the application form, even though I had never had any interest in running for that many hours or miles. But then again, the chances of getting a place were next to none, so it didn't really matter.
Until that Monday in October when I found out that I had won a place in the ballot, and I was going to run the London Marathon! 42.2 km, 26.2 miles. The most I had done at that point was 10 km. I'm scared – but I'm going to do it anyway.
But if I'm going to put myself through the torture of training for a marathon during the long, cold winter months, I want to do some good while I'm out there. I want to help those who are really suffering, so I decided to try to raise some money for Macmillan cancer support.
Being diagnosed with cancer must be one of the worst things that could happen, but Macmillan want to make sure that no one has to go through it alone. Please help me get Macmillan just that little bit closer to their goal of raising 1.5 million pounds at the London Marathon – that's enough to pay for 26 Macmillan nurses for a year!
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