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Jess Banner

Jess, Team Macmillan

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I am running the London Marathon to raise money for Macmillan and to remember my Mum who passed away from cancer in 2012, and to support two people who are close to me who are currently fighting cancer.

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I am running the London Marathon to raise money for Macmillan and to remember my Mum who passed away from cancer in 2012 at the Royal Marsden in Sutton at the age of 52, and to support two people who are close to me who are currently fighting cancer. I understand it is such an earth-shattering time for families and Macmillan does wonderful work supporting people in the darkest period of their lives. I am raising money for Macmillan as I would love more families to have access to this much needed support.

It was a personal goal of mine to be able to run the London Marathon, especially as I never thought I would be physically capable. However, since my mum's passing I have found that challenging myself to raise money in her memory not only keeps her memory alive, but also supports such a worthy cause.

The journey so far has been rather challenging, as I am aiming to run 4 times a week, which is totally different my usual routine.  I have found other runners within the Facebook group have been very supportive, as well as the encouraging messages from Macmillan's charity team.

I have learnt not to compare yourself to others and it's not important how fast you run, just to make it your own journey and the rest will come... hopefully!