In 2007, following a challenge from a friend, my wife Karen decided to run the London Marathon. She was not a runner, but her and her good friend Janet put their minds to it, got training and completed the run, raising a considerable amount for charity. It was an incredible achievement and something our whole family are very proud of. It also inspired two of my daughters to run the marathon in subsequent years.
In 2013 Karen was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. It was difficult to imagine that she had been able to run over 26 miles only a few years before. Karen’s marathon effort showed how determined she could be, and true to form, she approached her illness with the same fighting spirit.
Sadly Karen passed away just before Christmas in December 2015.
In Karen’s memory I will be running the marathon in aid of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust. The Trust is a very small charity and has been allocated only one London Marathon place for 2017. I feel honoured that they decided to give it to me.
Like Karen, I am not a runner, but nothing will make me more proud than to follow in her footsteps.
I know it’s asking a lot to expect you to sponsor me once again so soon after my cycle ride from Ashtead to Maerdy, but anything you feel able to donate would be fantastic and very much appreciated.
Also running the marathon with me are my son-in-law Daniel, and his great friends Alistair and Lauren. Unfortunately they could not get a charity place with the Trust, but they were determined to participate and managed to get in to run for another good cause. We are all first time runners but we’re determined to get in shape and complete the course in Karen’s memory.