Our amazing runners are taking on this year’s London Marathon, raising money to help us support people affected by cancer to live as well as possible, for as long as possible. Meet our team:
Craig is running the London Marathon in memory of his friend Abby.
Abby, who grew up in Bierton and played for Buckinghamshire Ladies Hockey Club, was supported by Penny Brohn UK when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
This will be Craig’s first time running the London Marathon, despite entering the ballot several times.
Craig said: “I am running the London Marathon in memory of my dear friend Abby, who I attended Stowe School with. I ran the Luton Marathon when I was 18 but this time I have the double motivation of running in memory of a wonderful person and to support a fantastic charity. I’m grateful for anyone who can spare some pennies and help me reach my sponsorship target.”
Hannah, from Chepstow, is running this year’s London Marathon in dedication of her friend who is living with incurable cancer.
Hannah, who works in Bristol, is no stranger to running, having run seven half marathons and a number of 10k races; but this is the first time she has entered a marathon. Hannah had planned to run a half marathon with her friend in 2012 but her friend was unable to take part after being diagnosed with cancer. As Hannah’s friend won’t get the chance to run a half marathon, Hannah has decided to enter the marathon; dedicating half of the race to her friend.
To raise sponsorship, Hannah has been selling merchandise and organised a number of competitions including a raffle and Six Nations Rugby prediction game. Hannah is also planning an art competition in conjunction with local schools and a local artist.
Hannah said: “Since 2007 I have run the Bristol Half Marathon in aid of Penny Brohn UK but it became more personal to me when my friend was diagnosed with cancer and she was supported by the charity. We were going to run a half marathon together but didn’t manage it so I’m going to run the first 13.1 miles for me and the second 13.1 miles for her!
“Penny Brohn UK are driven by the desire to help people live the best lives possible for as long as possible, going the extra mile to make it possible. So if they go the extra mile so will I; 26.2 in total!”
Jan, from Teddington, is running this year’s London Marathon in memory of her father-in-law, David.
David was supported by the charity when he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2018. David suggested that Jan ran the marathon for Penny Brohn UK and supported her when she first started fundraising before he died on Boxing Day last Christmas.
Jan is no stranger to running, having run two half marathons and a couple of 5k and 10k races; but this is the first time she has entered a marathon. To raise sponsorship, Jan has been supported by her friends and family and is planning to organise a cake sale at work and collection outside her local Marks and Spencer.
Jan said: “David loved custard, rugby, skiing and above all his family. Penny Brohn UK supported David since his devastating diagnosis providing a combination of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support. Penny Brohn UK helped David to continue to enjoy the things that he loved. In order to support this fantastic charity I have committed to run the London Marathon. I’m going to give it my best as Penny Brohn UK did its best for David and David did his best for his family.”
Mark, who has never run a competitive race further than 5k, decided to run the London Marathon for Penny Brohn UK in memory of his friend, Abby, who was supported by the charity when she was diagnosed with an aggressive lung cancer.
To help raise sponsorship, Mark is organising an event with Buckingham Ladies Hockey club on the 23 March when he plans to run from his old hockey club in Milton Keynes to Buckingham Ladies Clubhouse, which is roughly 19 miles. People will be able to place bets on when he will arrive through the door and Mark will be available via live feed during his run to take requests to speed up or slow down. Abby played for the hockey club and many of her close friends still play for the team.
Mark said: “When Abby was diagnosed with cancer, Penny Brohn UK was there for her and helped her live as well as possible. For Abby to remain the truly beautiful human she was with the weight of her diagnosis is not only a tribute to her as a person but also to what Penny Brohn UK does in supporting people to live well with cancer.
“When I decided to run the London marathon it was an easy decision to run for Penny Brohn UK. I haven’t run a marathon before but training is going well and I am following a plan, running four to five times a week.”
If you have been inspired by our runners and want to take part in an event in aid of Penny Brohn UK, visit our events page for ways to get involved.