I'm running the Big Half for Cancer Research because there is no other cause which has directly affected so many of my own family members and friends.
Throughout my life, I have been inspired watching those close to me fighting the disease and hearing similar stories of others I have come to know. It is for that reason that Cancer Research is the perfect charity to motivate me to run 13.1 miles.
In case anyone is in any doubt, I do not enjoy running. I enjoy running in the cold and dark early mornings even less. And I did not sign up to my first ever (and almost certainly last) half marathon for the challenge, enjoyment or fitness. Raising money for Cancer Research however, is all the motivation I need.
Cancer diseases have impacted almost everyone I know, whether through a relative or friend. I'm always in awe of the leaps that research has made across even my lifetime, yet there is clearly such a long way to go. Anything I can do to help in even a small way to aide the research that will lead to improvements for cancer sufferers is worth the comparatively small pain I will endure in running a half marathon.
I'm now halfway into my training and with exactly 100.1 miles run to date so far, I have now some small hope that I will indeed make it round the course in one piece in 8 weeks time. I would therefore be extremely grateful for anything you can give to support me and this incredibly worthy cause.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story,