I did it and I have carried on

Posted on: 09 Oct 2010

I completed the womens challenge along with my running buddy and friend Lin in 40 mins and 25 seconds, a time we were really pleased with.  We loved it so much we did a deal to do some more.

We both have targets now.  Lin's is to get 60 medals before she is 60 and mine is to do the London Marathon in 2012.

When I first started running in March 2010 I weighed 18 1/2 stone.  I puffed and panted (despite already having lost 3 stone) and I thought I was going to die on the first run out with the Running Sisters.  However, just 6 months later, I now weight just under 16 stone, I have completed 3 5k runs, I run 5 miles out with the Sisters during the week and go out on my own at the weekends.  I have signed up for a 10k in November and a half marathon in March and am determined to be ready for 2012.  I am really enjoying this running lark.

Our family recently had a shock when my son's wife, Jen, died aged just 24 of cervical cancer.  So I am now raising money for Jo's Trust a charity that helped her through her treatment and is helping my son to deal with his loss.  I am now running for Jen.  If you would like to sponsor me, please go to www.justgiving.com/forJen.  Did you know that the age you get invited for a smear is 25 in England, but 20 in the rest of the UK?  Our family and Jen's family are now campaigning to get the age down to 20 in England.  Jen was 22 when she was diagnosed, so if we had a lower age here her disease may have been detected in time to be treated.  She fought bravely for 2 years but died on 31st August 2010.  Jo's Trust are also campaigning, so help me to help them by sponsoring me.  Thanks

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