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Duffree and Daughter

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Team story

[p]WE DID IT! :) (Please see updates at the foot of our story.)[/p][p]Thank you for visiting Naomi and Sophie’s Virgin Money Giving page in aid of the Stroke Association. There are [b]updates[/b] at the foot of our story.[/p][p]In the Autumn of 2016, I, Naomi, was due to run the Bournemouth Half Marathon, which would have been my first mass participation race. I didn’t get to take part as priorities changed when two days before the date, my mother Rosalinde, 89, had a severe haemorrhagic stroke. She was admitted to Lincoln Hospital’s Stroke Unit, where the Doctors advised the family that she may not survive the next 24 hours. But Rosalinde was never one to give up easily.[/p][p]As a wonderful mother and grandmother who lived independently it was a huge shock to see how she was left after the stroke. Although terribly confused due to the damage caused to her brain, she still had the ability to talk but the life she had known was long gone. Her mobility was taken from her too and many times she was living in her youth – and ours. [/p][p]For two months my sister and I stayed by her hospital bedside along with other members of the family. During the time she was in hospital the Stroke Association charity came round to offer support to those suffering from the effects of a stroke and their families. Some of their volunteers had suffered strokes themselves. We knew that Mum would not be going home and there was little chance of rehabilitation for her but the volunteers were always there to listen to us and offer support in terms of listening, understanding or just a friendly hug. There was plenty of literature available on the unit about what else the Stroke Association provide and it was great to learn of the difference they make to sufferers and their families.[/p][p]Rosalinde was in a nursing home for the last month of her life, dying on January 1st 2017.[/p][p]She will always be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt and sister. She is missed enormously. When she heard I was training for a half marathon she thought I was mad. So I’m not sure what she will make of my latest pledge. Along with Sophie, my younger daughter, I am running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 and we hope to raise money for the Stroke Association. We are running in memory of Rosalinde, a very special Mum and Granny, who we hope will be proud as well as thinking we’re mad to attempt it…especially as Sophie has run the London Marathon before. Surely once is enough? I’ll let you know come April![/p][p]Please donate whatever you can; every little bit will help – and the difference it could make to so many people will be immense.[/p][p]Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story. And if you can’t donate but would like to come and cheer us on April 22, 2018 we would love you to support us that way![/p][p][b][u]Updates[/u][/b][/p][p]So now that 2018 is here, we are ratcheting up the training. We are both following slightly different plans but both take equal joy in ticking off the required accomplishment for the day. Especially rest days. :) We went out for a Parkrun on Xmas Day and I have beaten Sophie in a Half Marathon ...oh hang on, that's meant to read, I've beaten her in signing UP for a Half Marathon. That takes place in late March...And I’ve also got a place in the Vitality Big Half on March 4 if anyone fancies cheering me on and meeting up in Greenwich Park for some music and food afterwards! [/p][p]The Big Half took place and I finished it in 2.04.11... Okay, so I didn't beat Mo, but I did finish 128th in my age group and 1907 in the women's field... I believe over 11,500 runners started. It was great to experience a mass participation event and I learnt a few things in prep for the big one in April! I’ve posted a pic of me looking pretty chuffed with my funky medal after the race. I never saw myself as competitive, but I have another Half at the end of March and would love to shave a few minutes off that time...or even the 11 seconds!...I'll keep you posted![/p][p]Sophie and I ran the Lee Valley Half Marathon on March 25th. Sophie has been bothered by a knee injury so bravely ran with her brace and got the time she thought she would. I managed to get round in 1:58:46 - so was very pleased that the training seems to be paying off as that was a PB for me! The Beast from the East has hindered my training on and off. I even had to do 20 miles on a treadmill the other week to avoid the icy pavements/roads. Not fun but I clocked up the miles and it all helped. As does your continued support - many thanks![/p][p]We did it! On the hottest London Marathon we ran for Rosalinde - and, with your help have raised much needed funds for the Stroke Association. I decided to take my pace down from the beginning, to make sure I wasn't going to overheat, and finished in 05:07:04. I enjoyed my run, feeling strong until about mile 19 when I had to dig deep and remember that I could finish this! Sophie had already decided to run /walk the course as her knee injury was never going to let her better her 2012 performance and she persevered with the pain, finishing two hours slower than previously, in 06:51:34. I am so proud of her for continuing - it was hard enough in that heat when you are enjoying yourself! [/p][p]Thank you all for your support. It has been amazing and appreciated by us both. 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Alan Davies

Sorry it has taken so long. Well done to both of you x

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Virgin Money Giving

Thanks for having fun with us at the Expo Fundraising Lounge. We hope you had a great marathon.



Steve W

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Virgin Money Giving

Thanks for having fun with us at the Expo Fundraising Lounge. We hope you had a great marathon.




Well done (belatedly!!)

£52.40 plus £0.00 Gift Aid


James Green

Great work on such a hot day!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid



Amazing effort, Naomi! You're a superstar! PS - I hope you've got a better excuse not to work next marathon day...

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid






Congratulations! x




Well done - amazing achievement


Naomi Duffree

Naomi Duffree

Sophie Duffree

Sophie Duffree