Why I’m taking part in the Manchester Marathon

Our Fundraising Manager, Lucy, explains why she's signed up to the Manchester Marathon in April.

By Lucy Leeming on December 20, 2019

Sometimes I still find it weird to say I’m a runner, I’m not the fastest in the world – but I’m still a runner. I started running as a hobby back in 2010 when I ran the Manchester 10k. Since then I have ran two more 10k’s, 15 half marathons and one marathon. So I guess I really am a runner!

Time has never really been important to me, but for my next run… it really is. I am taking part in the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 5th April and I’m determined to beat my time from London Marathon 2017 … of 5 hours, 17 minutes. I don’t even care if it’s 2 minutes faster, as long as I beat my time.

I told myself after the London Marathon that I would never run a marathon again. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, not just on the day itself – but all the training. It took over my life for a few months. But it was 100% worth it. I learnt massively that unless your legs physically break – you can carry on running. It’s definitely mind over matter, which I think I am an expert in now! Running a marathon is emotional, hard work but such a personal achievement.

I would say the main reason for me taking part in the Manchester Marathon is to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice. I started working for St Ann’s as the Fundraising Manager back in October 2018 and cannot begin to explain how proud I am to work for such a wonderful organisation. I meet incredible patients and families, volunteers, staff and fundraisers every single day. St Ann’s believes that everyone deserves the best, high quality care, which I agree with too and I honestly don’t know where we would be without our hospices.

I think one thing that will keep me going on the day is remembering the work we do and the difference we make to patients, their families, and loved ones. I remember when I was helping at the Manchester Half Marathon cheer point in October, a lady came over to me and gave me a huge hug and she said “thank you for the work you do, you looked after my brother and I’ll never forget it” – this meant so much to me and I’ll never forget that she did that. In fact, I am pretty sure her hug and words were what sealed the deal –because I signed up the following day because of it!

I am so excited to be part of Team St Ann’s at the Manchester Marathon in April. I can’t wait for the atmosphere, to run past the hospice cheer point and meet the other hospice runners.

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