Victoria Hamilton


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

Victoria Hamilton

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So, the countdown is on! On a Sunday 23rd April 2017 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 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. My employer HSBC will provide £1000 in fund matching, which means I am now left with just over £500 to raise to hit my target of £15,000 which is beyond my wildest dreams! 

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

05.05.17 What an achievement - Well done Victoria.

24.04.17 Brilliant job, well done! X

23.04.17 Victoria what an inspiration! Have loved reading and sharing your journey to the Marathon. Well done for raising such an incredible amount of money for something so important. You did it!!!!!!!! and in an awesome time - well done you are amazing!

23.04.17 What an inspiration, your (and peter's) posts had me blubbing! Congratulations x

23.04.17 Congratulations on raising an amazing amount for an important cause

23.04.17 You kicked marathon ass! Amazing xx

23.04.17 All the best Victoria. Keep your head, run to your plan. You've got this! x

22.04.17 Victoria I will be thinking of you tomorrow and spurring you on. I did this marathon 18 years ago and can still remember the emotion and elation - more than the painful parts! Your journey has been incredible and I know you will ace this! You go girl!

22.04.17 Good luck Victoria!

22.04.17 Loved watching your journey Victoria! Have an Amazing day tomorrow, such a wonderful achievement in the marathon and fundraising!! xx

21.04.17 Good luck for Sunday.

21.04.17 Blown away with by the commitment you've had since starting (I've been tired just watching your updates!) and by the amazing amount you've raised for such a great cause. Good luck for the big run - I'm sure you'll smash it! X

21.04.17 Best of luck Victoria, you will smash it!! Enjoy the experience, can't wait to hear all about it. Xx

21.04.17 Good luck, great cause.

21.04.17 Burst it on Sunday. Victoria!

20.04.17 strong in mind, strong in spirit, strong in body! Enjoy it all, it’s worth it!

20.04.17 Wishing you lots of luck for Sunday, I'm sure you will smash it! xx

19.04.17 It will be the best day of your life Victoria. Enjoy the moment, every step. The final mile will be the sweetest you have ever run and have utter faith in your body. You have trained hard for this and it knows what to do. Lots of love, Chloe x

18.04.17 Victoria - the very best of luck from your colleagues at CCA! You've got this! xxxx

15.04.17 Well done Victoria on raising such a fantastic sum. Will be thinking of you on the big day. You'll smash it! Love Gill and Ava xx

15.04.17 HSBC whip-round from all my amazing colleagues

13.04.17 Good luck Victoria. I know you can do it.

05.04.17 You can do it Victoria! Best of Luck! x

04.04.17 In memory of my big brother and for Val and Victoria's dad xxx

04.04.17 What an amazing woman you are Victoria. All the best for the big day.


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