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I am running the York Marathon on 14th October for Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund because I want to raise as much in memory of Guy

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  • In memory of: Guy Francis
  • Event: Yorkshire Marathon 2018, 14 Oct 2018

Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund

Alarmingly, Bone Cancer is Britain's Number 1 Teenage Cancer. Guy’s Fund raises money for vital research, promotes awareness and also campaigns for Patients' Rights including welfare reform for young people undergoing long term treatment programmes which may result in permanent physical disability.

Charity Registration No. 1144188

Story

Running a marathon isn’t easy but it is nothing compared to what my friend Guy went through. Guy lived round the corner when I was growing up (in York), we had an amazing friend circle and generally had some amazing memories as a bunch of teens finding their way through adolescence to adulthood. When Guy was 18 he was diagnosed with bone cancer. His treatment was gruelling and he went through so much for someone so young. He fully deserved to live a long and happy life but after being in remission for a couple of years his cancer returned and he died when he was just 21. Guy taught me to live life to it’s fullest and to overcome challenge. 

Fast forward quite a few years and after having 3 children I decided I needed a challenge. So over a year ago I began training for the York Marathon. The training has been tough and at times I considered pulling out (who knew broken toes hurt that much!) BUT after a pep talk from a certain Trialthlete (thanks JL) I began to think I could and would do the race. 

I say ‘race’...it will NOT be quick and for me an achievement will be getting round - let’s just say the training plan (which I never actually got round to writing!!) didn’t go to plan. 

So thanks for reading my story. If you have any spare money I would appreciate a donation no matter how small because it all adds up 😊



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