In 2013 I lost my Dad very suddenly to a melanoma. He was only 62. I started running to get through the intense grief that followed. As time went on I decided to try to focus on raising money in Dads name. The following year I did my first marathon in Barnstaple, I raised money for the hospice that cared for my Dad.
In 2015 I ran the London Marathon again for Exeter hospice. In 2016 I ran the New York marathon again for charity. In 2017 I ran the Berlin marathon. This time it was to raise money for the North Devon Hospice where I had started to volunteer. This year I ran the London marathon for the hospice and have just returned from running the Chicago Marathon.
In Chicago I ran for a charity raising awareness of Melanoma which is obviously very close to my heart.
My hope is that as I complete these marathons I raise money and awareness of melanoma in Dads name. I have just been accepted to run the Boston marathon. I am running for Impact Melanoma. This charity raises awareness and dangers of the sun through going into businesses and schools.
I’m now working towards achieving all 6 world marathons. I have 4 of the 6 already and am determined to have them all!
The world marathon medal will mean I have achieved such a huge goal from such a dark time for me and my family. I would like to encourage other people going through similar to go for their goals even when at times it can seem unachievable.