2020 Running Event
8 Mar - 10 Apr 2020

Gemma’s 1st Marathon

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Gemma Hitchens

Total raised


+ £28.75 Gift Aid

43 Complete
43% of £262.00 target

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In memory of

Philip Gregory

As I’m sure you have all seen, I’ve been busy training recently for my 1st marathon, the Dorset Ooser Marathon on the 29th March.

Never in a million years did I think that I would be saying that!

So it’s been 5 years since I started running, I began by following a couch to 5k programme with a friend with the goal of completing a Parkrun without walking, (I ran my 50th Parkrun on the 29th Feb 20 🎉) The day after we finished the 5k app I signed up for my first 10k - at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival in Oct 2015. So my love of medals 🏅 was born and I’d caught the running bug!

This has led me to take part in numerous events over the last 5 years (see medal photo and t-shirt blanket) and to date my biggest achievement has been the London Landmarks Half Marathon in March 2019 which I ran in memory of my step dad Phil who died from Lung Cancer.

During my 5 years of running I have made some amazing friends and I think it has helped me deal with life (it’s great for the mind as well as being exercise) so after another rejection from the London Marathon last year for this years race I decided to pick another race to have the privilege of being my first marathon and the Dorset Ooser came highly recommended. 26.2 miles (ish) of trail running and some great running buddies for company, why not?

So here we are, at the peak of training - I still can’t believe I have achieved a 20 mile training run!

To commemorate this occasion I have decided to try and raise some money for charity as I did with my first 10k and my first half marathon (it could be the last who knows) or maybe I’ll be accepted for London next year 🤷‍♀️, I’ll keep trying.

So rather than set up my own individual page, I thought I’d combine my fundraising efforts with one of my running friends - Amanda, who also got rejected for London this year but wanted to do it so much she is running for Cancer Research and fulfilling her dream.

If you’ve got this far, thank you for reading my story, any donations of any amount will be greatly received by myself and Amanda.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my fundraising page.
Cancer is happening right now, which is why I’m fundraising right now for Cancer Research UK. There’s no time to lose!
Donate to my page today and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Latest updates


Kevin Potter



+£2.50 Gift Aid

Ian Roe



+£3.75 Gift Aid

Good luck Gemma!


Bob Smith



+£2.50 Gift Aid

Best of Luck Gemma!


Dave W



+£2.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck !!


Brian Crook



+£5.00 Gift Aid

Hope u achieve your target


Carly Hawkins



+£2.50 Gift Aid

Woop woop Ooser here we come!! You’re going to smash it!! Thanks for being a fabulous running buddy!! :-)

Total raised£115.00



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