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Joanne, Team Macmillan

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London Marathon is just part of my plan for 2021 as I’m hoping to run 1000 miles in 2021 as part of my yearly challenge.

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My Story

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I first completed London Marathon back in 1989 as a young 22-year-old. However, I always watched it on TV and yearned to do it one more time, so I started C25K in Oct 2017 after getting a ballot place for London 2018.

I choose to run for Macmillan as a friend at work had been recently diagnosed with cancer. 2018 wasn’t the experience I thought it would be as a slower runner, so I took a charity place in 2019 for Macmillan. I smashed my target, and with family members and friends losing their battle, it became a Charity very close to my heart. 2020 was going to be the year I ran down the Mall in memory of my wonderful friend. Unfortunately, the pandemic put paid to that, so I did the virtual instead. I’ve unfinished business and I’m hoping that I can complete what I intended to do in 2020.

I feel so privileged that I can help support Macmillan in the way they supported my family and friends. Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t find running easy and I spend hours every year training, but that’s nothing compared to those diagnosed with cancer.

There are days when I think I can’t run a marathon but a lifetime of knowing I have. Alongside that pride and self-accomplishment is knowing that I’ve helped others in their darkest days by supporting the wonderful and uplifting charity that is Macmillan.