Emma Cole


Body and Soul
Body & Soul is a charity which exists to transform the pain of adverse childhood experiences with love, knowledge and compassion. Our charity’s approach is grounded in responsive, expert programming with the aim of maximising choices and pathways for achievement and continuous learning in an environment of aspiration. We support children, young people and families through our programme for people living with or affected by HIV; through our adopted children and teen programme and we help young people who have contemplated suicide.


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Emma Cole

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I finished my first ever marathon in 5hrs 56 minutes. It was a physical and mental challenge but being a long term survivor I knew I had it in me to embrace the battle and come out smiling at the end.


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2017 will mark my 26th year of living with HIV and so I decided that it would be a great opportunity to run my first marathon and run 26 miles, one for each year of being HIV positive.

When I was diagnosed in 1991, HIV was considered a death sentence and I was told to expect to live only 8-10 years. Thankfully huge advances have been made in treatment and care since my diagnosis and because of that I will be able to take part in this fantastic event.

Body and Soul delivers a proven transformational programme for people of all ages who have had adverse experiences early in life. Set up 20 years ago to support children, young people and families living with HIV, the charity has pioneered an holistic model of care that has now been extended to other groups, including teenagers who have been adopted and young people who have attempted suicide. Body and Soul believes that no one should have their life chances reduced because of traumatic experiences in their past.

The charity does amazing work for many thousands of individuals and it is my honour to be running the marathon on their behalf. Hopefully it will inspire anyone newly diagnosed with HIV to see that their life does not have to end with a positive result.

Thank you


I have been putting in the miles and training as much as I can to ensure that I finish the course on 23rd April. There have been set backs along the way but if I have learnt anything from living with HIV for 26 years it is that I can and do find the inner strength to carry on.

Last week I ran my first half marathon distance on a training run - 13.4 miles in under 3 hours - I was really pleased to have passed that milestone and my next target is to run 15-18 miles.

Every step I take now and on the day will be tough but knowing I am raising funds to support others helps to motivate me.


I've now managed to do three training runs of over 13 miles and one over 14.5 miles so still a way to go but I feel more confident with each step I take. It's getting a bit painful for my knees and hips but as long as I take it steady I know I will be okay on the day.

It's now 25 days until race day - I'm hoping to reach my fundraising target before the day but if not I hope many will donate when I show them my finisher's medal.


Huge psychological boost at the weekend as I ran my first ever 20 miles - this was the target I wanted to reach before race day as I know it will help me a great deal to know that I had done that. It really is amazing to me that after more than half my life living with HIV I can achieve this. Many years ago I was laying in a hospital bed on oxygen with drips in my arms pumping me full of antibiotics to treat pneumonia...it took nearly a year before I could run for a bus without being out of breath....now in less than 3 weeks I will run a marathon. 


Less than 10 days to go until the race; huge boost for me to reach my original fundraising target of £2,000 before race day...now hoping to make it up to £2,600...for my 26th year of living with HIV.

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far...you will definitely help me on the day as I will keep you all in mind in those tough final miles.


Race day is tomorrow...a bit nervous, excited and ready as I'll ever be to take on this challenge. I couldn't have got this far without all your support for my efforts so THANK YOU once again for all your donations.

Recent donors

26.05.17 Well done. Hope QPR can match you!

12.05.17 Well done lovely Emma! Such an amazing achievement!

05.05.17 You're a star, I never doubted it!!!

02.05.17 Well done

02.05.17 Congratulations

28.04.17 Well done Ems - Up the Rs


28.04.17 Well Done!

27.04.17 Well done Emma! A fantastic achievement by an inspirational athlete. Reflecting on my marathon efforts in 2005, I feel your pain...!

27.04.17 Wow you are one amazing lady!! Congratulations on this massive personal achievement.

26.04.17 Emma - you are a machine! Now, feet up and box set at the ready...or get dancing with Brucey! Congratulations.

26.04.17 Congratulations Emma, Superb achievement!

26.04.17 Hope it went really well - you are an inspiration, Emma!



24.04.17 Well done Emma. Peter


23.04.17 Well done Emma. You are an inspiration!!

23.04.17 Good luck Em - Sorry I couldn't be there but am cheering from afar x

23.04.17 I am impressed!!! So cool!

23.04.17 You're an inspiration, Em. Always have been, always will be.

22.04.17 Best of luck Emma

22.04.17 Good luck Em, Yo're amazing!!

22.04.17 I wish you the very best of luck Emma, may the road rise to meet you !

21.04.17 Good luck


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