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Anna Jenkins

Anna's London Marathon & World Record Attempt

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My story

[p]I entered the London marathon while pregnant with Edward to give me a goal to get fit again. Having been involved in competitive sport for many years, I found the prospect of being pregnant and unable to exercise quite daunting and this gave me something to focus on for myself, other than becoming a Mum.[/p] [p][lt]br /[gt] When Edward was 10 weeks old, in December 2015, my Dad became acutely ill and we discovered that, after 3 years free from cancer, his bowel cancer has returned to his lymph nodes and pelvic wall, blocking the ureter (tube to his kidney). Dad was first diagnosed with colorectal cancer in April 2012. He underwent extensive treatment including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, followed by major surgery leaving him with a permanent stoma. He made an amazing recovery from this and has had an amazing 3 years, been on many holidays including long distance cycling trips, and now has 3 grandchildren. So the news that the cancer has come back came as a big surprise to us all. He is currently awaiting news about what his treatment and further surgery will involve.[/p] [p][lt]br /[gt] Bowel & Cancer Research funds research into bowel cancer and other bowel problems. At the moment they are funding a study which is looking to pinpoint drugs that could stop the inherited form of bowel cancer. They are also funding research into reducing the terrible pain experienced by those with inflammatory bowel disease and for some people with a stoma.[/p] [p]I have decided to use my London marathon journey to fund raise for Bowel & Cancer Research. Thank you for supporting this andvisiting my fundraising page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]As part of my marathon preparation, I entered the White Horse Marathon. Inspired by another local runner who set the world record for a full marathon pushing a buggy at the Abingdon marathon last year, I had the idea to try to break the current world record (set in 2001) for the fastest half marathon pushing a pram (female). Edward and I will be attempting this together on the 3rd April. If we manage to break the record, I hope it will raise more awareness for Bowel & Cancer Research.[/p][p][/p][p][/p][p][/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;][b]UPDATES[/b][/span][/p][p][span=font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;]25/04/16 [/span][/p][p]I did it! I completed the London marathon yesterday in a time of 3 hours 14 minutes and 38 seconds. It was very tough, especially the last 4 miles, and I can barely walk today but it was a fantastic experience and the atmosphere and support from spectators was incredible. Thank you so much to everyone once again for your support, it mean so much to me and to Dad, and all of us. Now I'm going to put my feet up and have a rest, for a while at least![/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]20/04/16 - Tapering[/span][/b][/p][p][b]4 days to go until the London Marathon! I am supposed to be tapering this week, and did my last half-hour training run today. In theory, I should be relaxing and putting my feet up, but I did an hour and a half walk up the Whitenham Clumps carrying Edward with my NCT friends yesterday, and then played tennis in the evening for the first time since Edward was born. I will try to take it easy for the next few days. A lot of nervous energy to burn![/b][/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]14/04/16 - Dad's news[/span][/b][/p] [p]After many appointments with various specialists, Dad has made the decision to have the surgery, which offers a chance of a cure, so that is good news! The operation is called 'pelvic exenteration', which is not for the faint-hearted and will not happen immediately as he needs to have several weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy first, which will start next week. It feels good to have made a decision and  finally, after 4 months of very worrying uncertainty, there is a plan of action. He is feeling well and ready to fight this. Thank you all so much for your support it really means so much to Dad, and to all of us.[/p][p][/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;][b]03/04/2016 - So close![/b][/span][/p][p][b]Edward and I completed the half marathon, but missed the world record by less than two minutes! Very disappointed but we had an amazing day and Edward was a little star. Incredible support from spectators and a fantastic event organised by the White Horse Harriers. We may have to do a second attempt![/b][/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;][b]29/03/2016 - Surprise New Running Buggy!![/b][/span][/p][p]Thanks to my friend Claire Underhill, an incredible surprise arrived today... Delivery of a brand new state of the art running buggy just in time to help me in my world record attempt on Sunday!! Claire has persuaded Bugaboo to lend me their latest running buggy. Compared to my old hand-me-down buggy I was planning to use, this is like driving a Ferrari! I hope I can do it justice... Thanks Claire!![/p][p][/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]25/03/2016[/span][/b][/p][p]£239.98 raised today at Pilates & Coffee fundraiser in Warborough. Huge thanks to Kinship of Oxford for joining us with their pop-up shop and cafe, and to everyone who came to try out the reformer and donated! [/p][p][span=font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;]20/03/2016[/span] - WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT![/p][p]20 miles completed yesterday, and the longest run I'll do before Edward and I do our world record attempt! We will be running the White Horse Half Marathon together on the 3rd April in Grove, Oxfordshire, attempting to break the world record for fastest half marathon pushing a pram (female). The current record is 1 hour 30 minutes and 51 seconds. It will be tough! Huge thank you to Ellie Garmroudi for babysitting, it was another early start. [/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]13/03/2016[/span][/b][/p][p]Another long run under my belt yestrerday, 18 miles mostly in the mist with the Benson Striders. Thanks to our neighbour Jacqui Friend who agreed to have Edward at 7.15am on a Saturday morning![/p][p]A good turn out to my first Pilates fundraiser this afternoon, and I had a lot of leftover cake to eat :-) thanks to the bakers - you know who you are x[/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;][b]10/03/2016[/b][/span][/p][p]A beautiful 13 mile cross-country run this morning with the dogs and new Benson Striders running buddy (and fellow marathon-training Mum of an 8-month old) Anna T, and her cocker spaniel Stella. Ran to the Whitenham clumps and down the Thames path in gorgeous sunshine while the Dads stayed home on babysitting duties. [/p][p]I am overwhelmed by the generosity of donations received so far for Bowel & Cancer Research - thank you so much! I did not have a set fundraising target required by the charity since I got my own place in the London marathon, but the target I set myself of £2000 is almost reached already :-)[/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;][b]29/02/2016 - Pilates and coffee fundraising events[/b][/span][/p][p]I am organising a Pilates and coffee fundraising event  in the Greet Hall, Warborough (OX10 7DH), on Sunday the 13[sup]th[/sup] March and Friday 25[sup]th[/sup] March (Good Friday). [/p] [p]I have 4 Allegro Sport Reformers which have been shamefully gathering dust while I’ve been on maternity leave. If you are not sure what the reformer is, this  video will give you an idea: [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2LKiJAXtCo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2LKiJAXtCo[/url]   but please don’t let this put you off, it is suitable for all abilities from beginner’s to advanced and it is fun,  so come and have a go! You can try it out for just a few minutes or stay for a 30-40 minute taster session, followed by a relaxing 20 minute stretching  session on the mats. Or you can just come for a stretch and free coffee and cake, what’s not to like? All this in return for a voluntary donation to Bowel & Cancer Research. [/p][p]The timetable below may change depending on demand. Please feel free to just turn up on the day, or to help me plan the day you can email me (anna@oxfordsportsphysio.co.uk) to reserve your slot on the reformer. And yes, Pilates is for men too… rubgy players, rowers, and some of the world’s top professional athletes use the reformer  as part of their strength and conditioning programmes and to rehab from injury, so come on you guys! If you need any more encouragement, I will do a reformer session just for men at 3pm on the 25[sup]th[/sup] when I hope to persuade Charlie to demonstrate (he doesn’t know this yet, and I may need a willing volunteer to take over babysitting duties from him). So please come and keep him company.[/p] [p]The provisional timetable will be:[/p] [p][b]Sunday 13[sup]th[/sup] March:[/b][/p] [p]2pm                     Reformer [/p] [p]2.40pm                 Stretch[/p] [p]3pm                     Reformer – for sportsmen and women (whatever your sport – cricket, tennis, rugby, running, cycling, rowing… for a more challenging workout)[/p] [p]3.40pm                 Stretch[/p] [p]4pm                     Reformer - for sportsmen and women[/p] [p]4.40pm                 Stretch[/p] [p][/p] [p][b]Friday 25[sup]th[/sup] March (Good Friday):[/b][/p][p]On Good Friday, we will be joined by Rosie Jacob's pop-up shop and cafe, Kinship of Oxford, for a joint fundraiser event in the Greet Hall. Pilates sessions as follows:[/p] [p]11am                   Reformer[/p] [p]11.40am               Stretch[/p] [p]12pm                   Reformer – for sportsmen and women (whatever your sport – cricket, tennis, rugby, running, cycling, rowing… for a more challenging workout)[/p] [p]12.40pm               Stretch[/p] [p][/p] [p]2pm                     Reformer[/p] [p]2.40pm                 Stretch  [/p] [p]3pm                     Reformer – for Men[/p] [p]3.40pm                 Stretch[/p] [p]Many thanks for reading this far and thank you for your support![/p] [p][/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;][b]28/02/2016[/b][/span][/p][p]Training is going well: I ran 13 miles yesterday with my new running buddies at the Benson Striders. Felt like a walk in the park after the 20 miles we did last weekend! Thanks to Emma Garratt for picking up Edward at 8am on a Saturday and delivering him home several hours later![/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;][b]21/02/2016[/b][/span][/p][p]Thanks to Norma Patterson for babysitting yesterday while I ran for a mammoth 3 hours: 20 miles!! My longest run post baby... Any babysitting volunteers please don't hesitate to get in touch - particularly if you are available at 8am on a Saturday morning! :-0[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

24 Apr 2016


May 22, 2016


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 17, 2016


£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 9, 2016

Patrick Maclure

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 5, 2016

Alan Gordon

Congratulations from a friend of your father

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 5, 2016


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2016


£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2016


£55.00 plus £13.75 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2016

Dionne Simpson

Congratulations! What a great achievement and a fantastic time. You can now enjoy a well earned rest.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2016

Liz Baron

Well done, Anna!


Apr 26, 2016


Congratulations and well done! You and your dad are amazing!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid