Victoria Hamilton

Charity

Beating Bowel Cancer
Beating Bowel Cancer is a leading national charity for bowel cancer patients, working hard to save lives from the UK’s 2nd biggest cancer killer which claims 50 lives every day. They encourage people to communicate frankly about all aspects of this disease, and not to be embarrassed to talk about bottoms and bowels! The charity aims to improve bowel cancer awareness amongst both medical professionals and the general public, by providing authoritative information about the disease, symptoms and the treatment choices available. They also offer support and help to anyone affected by bowel cancer


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Victoria Hamilton's London Marathon page

Fundraiser: 
Victoria Hamilton

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VictoriaAHamilton1

Hi! Thanks for visiting my page.  

So, the countdown is on! In just over 8 weeks, I shall be willing these 42 year old legs to make it around 26.2 miles in London as I take part in my first ever marathon! If I say that quickly, it doesn't sound too difficult.....

Running was a huge part of my life as I was growing up- but shorter distances like 100m and 200m were more my 'thing'. I never ever saw myself as a long distance endurance runner! The London Marathon however has always held a strange appeal to me, and for some years I have harboured the pipe dream of one day competing in it. I never imagined this pipe dream would actually become a reality for me in 2017; nor did I imagine I would have such a compelling reason to take part. 

Life as my family knew it took a sudden and unexpected turn in March 2016 when we heard the ultimate 'c' word: my Dad was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer. The last 10 months have taken us on a twisting, turning, and seemingly endless journey of hospital visits for scans, chemo, 3 x operations (and counting...), consultations and tests.... at times, life has just been a case of getting through the periods of limbo between one appointment and the next. Yet, through this challenging period, Dad has remained his usual optimistic, upbeat, and utterly defiant self. Cancer picked the wrong guy! 

This attitude is what made me apply for a charity place in the marathon; I wanted to show I too could rise to a challenge, and when the going got tough, I too could dig deep and fight. I am in no way equating my training with anything Dad has had to endure these last few months. I know that my marathon is entirely optional, whilst Dad (and thousands like him) had no choice in completing his. But the mantra of just putting 1 foot in front of the other until you cross the finish line applies to us both.

My preparation for race day has been one of the hardest things I have ever done- trumped only by childbirth! I have been pushed to both my physical and emotional limits, but giving up has never been an option. I have found real solace not just in my physical runs,  but in the act of raising funds for Beating Bowel Cancer.  I have been blown away by the kindness shown by so many people which has helped me smash my initial target of £2000 within 1 week. I am unbelievably now just over £2K short of hitting £15K which is beyond my wildest dreams. Let's see what we can do in these last few weeks before race day on 23rd April.

Thank you for any donations and support you are able to make. It means a lot and will spur me on to cross that finish line and do you proud, Victoria x

Recent donors

16.02.17 Go Victoria, inspirational story and an amazing cause

12.02.17 You're doing an amazing job. Keep it up. Lynne x

08.02.17 Hey Victoria, amazing you go girl! Melanie x

06.02.17 good luck with next weeks running plan. go girl! sx

26.01.17 Good luck Victoria

15.01.17 Keep going Victoria, the weather won't be very inspiring for the next couple of months but hopefully when spring arrives it'll put a spring in your step. Xxx

12.01.17 Best of luck with the run, and wishing your Dad the best with his recovery

08.01.17 What a fantastic achievement and cause. Delighted to support you. You'll smash it!! Love, Ali & Mark xx

07.01.17 Hats off to u Victoria, best of luck xx

06.01.17 Very inspiring blog Victoria! Best of luck! x

06.01.17 Good Luck Victoria, very emotional read! Xx

20.12.16 Good luck with the run Victoria - I know you can do it !!

18.12.16 Well done...a fantastic effort

18.12.16 What an amazing achievement so far Victoria - go girl xx

18.12.16 With love x x

16.12.16

19.11.16 Totally in awe of your training and fundraising efforts Victoria. All the very best of luck x

18.11.16 Best of luck!

18.11.16 Good luck with the training... keep eating the jelly babies x

18.11.16 Good Luck Victoria...such a lovely thing to do for you Dad Xx

18.11.16 Good luck Victoria, your positivity is an inspiration. Best wishes to your Dad x

07.11.16 Well done on all your efforts to date Victoria. No doubt at all you will reach, and pass, your target - good luck

06.11.16 Good luck for the day but most importantly our support is with you and the Charity.

06.11.16

31.10.16 Good Luck Victoria!

£11,735.00

Running total

Target:
£15,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£12,848.75
Total donors:
140
Last donor:
Gillian Reith
16.02.17  
Offline fundraising:
£300.00
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