Going for a bit of a run

October 21, 2017 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2017, November 2017

I’ve been running on and off since my twenties, but it’s only over the last
year I’ve felt that I can call myself a runner. I ran the Sheffield 10 k in
2016 with Sue Hawkins. She challenged me to Run a mile Every Day in
December. I did it, notching up 45 miles over the month, and even running on
Christmas Day.

I needed a challenge for 2017 so I decided to run twelve 10k races over the
year to raise money for Cancer Research UK. I’m up to nine so far, and have
raised over a thousand pounds for a charity close to my heart. Both my
parents had cancer, and my brother’s prostate cancer is in remission. I run
with their names, and the names of seven friends, on my back. I carry them
every step of every race, and when I get tired, their names keeps me going.

I’m not fast. I was overtaken in the Wigan 10k by two men in inflatable
Tyrannosaurus rex outfits, who still beat me despite having to stop to
reinflate their suits, but running does my head and my body good.

My biggest challenge is coming up – a half marathon in November. I’m
nervous, because it’s the longest so far. But once I lace up my shoes, and
pin on the race number and names, the buzz will be there and I will be off.
If you would like to donate to Cancer Research UK please go to


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