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The Tumournator is back! London Marathon 2019

Running the london marathon in honor of Ryan for Brain Tumour Research because this research saves lives

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London Marathon 2019

As the jewel in the UK running crown, the Marathon has a reputation for being one of the most meaningful events in the challenge calendar.

Charity Registration No. England and Wales 1153487, Scotland SC046840

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TUMOURNATOR 2.0 THE RETURN 




September 2013 aged 22 my younger brother Ryan was diagnosed with a brain tumour, the next 4 years turned into the toughest rollercoaster ride and although he's not here today i still believe he won his fight, with humour and with incredible strength and courage, he inspires me everyday and I could not be prouder of him. 

x Ryan I love you and miss you more than you could ever imagine x

In 2014 after a few months into my running journey I decided to take on the challenge of running my first half marathon for Brain Tumour Research, I raised £867 and from that moment I was hooked, (not so much to the running) but to trying to inspire Ryan to keep fighting, showing him all the messages of support and the donations that kept on rolling in really helped boost his mood and he then became a great ambassador for Brain Tumour Research bravely taking on tv interviews to talk about his battle with brain cancer. I then pushed myself further to conquer my first marathon a year later in 2015 and with the help of family and friends we raised over £10,000 for Brain Tumour Research.


Little did I know back then that running would become my saviour, I have now ran 8 marathons, 2 ultra marathons and 1 half ironman (mainly because Ryan told me not to hehe) raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust another charity which helped Ryan immensely. 

It's amazing what you can push yourself to achieve when someone you love has been fighting for their life it makes running 90 kilometers seem insignificant. Running is me taking myself to the psychologist, it has helped me through all of the dark days and makes losing Ryan feel a little easier to accept, for now i don't cope too well without running hence why I keep going, and doing the London Marathon for Brain Tumour Research feels like going full circle coming back to where this journey all began. 

Although Ryan is no longer here in person, I know he is with me wherever I go, he helps me on these long journeys and that's what brothers are for right? Ryan is a superhero in my eyes, and my world will never be the same without him in it xx

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