When my bestie Meghan asked me to run Brighton Marathon 2017 with her I jumped at the chance. I have some serious unfinished business with that race. Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled to finish it in 2016, but the time I got was nowhere near what I wanted.
I’ve been wanting to fundraise for Cancer Research for a long long time, but have been searching for a bigger challenge to make it even more worthwhile.
So after some careful planning and a brief moment of hysteria we decided that in 2017, myself and Meghan will be running 12 events in 12 months – both in aid of Cancer Research.
I’m running because I am privileged to know people who have pulled through the other side of cancer, and subsequently given the all-clear after treatment. Without Cancer Research, this may not have been the outcome – the thought is terrifying. It is an indiscriminate and cruel disease, and it seems that every person you speak to will know (or have known and lost) someone to the cruellest of illnesses. I am running to honour the extraordinary bravery in each and every cancer patient, and to support the vital research into the causes and treatment of cancer so that we can help put an end to this horrible illness that affects so many.
So throughout the course of 2017, I will be running one event every month – all of these will be either a full marathon or half marathon. Bearing in mind I am very much the marathon-plodding-novice, this is a huge commitment. The training that is involved for a marathon is a full-time effort so to sustain that over 12 months will be quite the challenge for me. BUT I am lucky enough to have the supportive backing from Meghan who will be on the same journey as me.
Any donations – as small or as large as you can – will be SO appreciated. Both by myself and of Cancer Research.
If you cannot donate for any reason, then I would absolutely love to have your support at one (or all!) of the races that I’m taking part in. Even run one with me if you fancy the challenge 😉 So far I have booked:
28th Jan 2017 – Lea Valley Half Marathon (The Olympic Park)
19th Feb 2017 – Hampton Court Half Marathon
12th Mar 2017 – Barcelona Marathon
9th April 2017 – Brighton Marathon
14th May 2017 – Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon
… and I’ll keep you in the loop from June onwards!
The link to donate is right HERE
Thanking you all, Jess x