Blog: Doing mum proud
Blog: Doing mum proud

I started my running journey in November 2015.. I got faster and fitter and managed to lose 4.5 stone. I ran all the time! Parkrun, 10ks and half marathons, I smashed them all!

In April 2017 my mum lost her battle with a brain tumour and my life was never to be the same again. I expected running to give me some sort of therapy when in fact it did opposite, I couldn’t run without feeling emotional. Every run became a battle and I gave up. I comfort ate and put 3 stone back on after I’d worked so hard to get in shape. 

In October I found out I’d got a ballot place for VLM – the London Marathon – after the 2nd year of applying. Despite having a ballot place I decided to raise money for the Brain Tumour charity. 

On January 2nd I went out running for the first time in months. I managed 5k but didn’t cry and felt positive.. this was a massive turning point. 

Training is going well, I’m up to 18 miles now and I’ve lost 1.5 stone. I’m not as fast as I was but I’m getting the job done. I will concentrate on getting my speed back after the marathon. The training is tough at this stage, I’m constantly tired and my legs ache.

I’m enjoying the fundraising.. I work in a pub and have the full support of my bosses who have allowed me to host a Euchre night and afternoon tea. I also have a guess the time sweepstake going on in the pub. The customers have been great and always ask how my training is going. 

The Brain Tumour charity have been amazing.  They can’t do enough for you. We are known as the Brainy bunch so give us a wave if you’re planning to support in London on 22nd April.

Whether I run, walk or crawl across the finish line, I’ll do it. And I’ll do it for my Mum. I hope she’s proud .