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Cathryn Scott

2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]2nd October 2020[/p][p]What a year it has been! I never thought the run-up to my first marathon would be so dramatic. The April Virgin London Marathon 2020 was cancelled due to Covid, but even if it hadn't been, I would have had to pull out due to injury. An ITB issue on my right knee/hip left me unable to run for 17 weeks and there were some days when I could barely walk. I started running again mid-May - I cried on that first run because I had missed it so much. Running helps my mental health so much and it was so tough not being able to run during the strictest part of lockdown. [/p][p]I was building up slowly, convinced that the rescheduled October date wouldn't go ahead. I didn't really have a marathon in my head. And then came the news that while the elite athletes would race on a closed track in London, the rest of us could do the event virtually, on our home soil, and that we'd get a place to run *in* London the following year. It took weeks for people like me who have a charity place to get confirmation that we would actually have a place in the virtual race. Spaces went on sale to the general public, it seemed everyone I knew was signing up... and I still didn't know if I would be running. It was a stressful couple of weeks. Confirmation eventually came... but so did another injury. My other knee went suddenly while running. I have never not finished a run before and had to call my family to come and pick me up.[/p][p]My husband said to "there's no way you can run it". But that would have been the easy path. Of course I'm still going to take part. We have 24 hours to complete the 26.2 miles of the Virtual London Marathon. We can break it up into smaller chunks and we can walk if we need to. I might not complete it in the time I had in mind when I first started thinking of a marathon... but somehow I will do it. And it looks like I'll be doing it in the rain too. I have the support of a good physio over the last couple of months. I will listen to my body and I won't do anything stupid on the day.... but as I keep saying, no amount of physical pain will ever compare to the emotional and mental pain of losing a baby. That is my big reason for taking part in the London Marathon. Because I want to raise money for Tommy's, to support parents who are dealing with the devastation of losing a baby and to fund research to understand the reasons why so that more little lives can be saved.[/p][p]My training has not gone to plan at all. I'm worried about my knee. The forecast is not great. But this is really important to me. If you can spare a few pounds to support Tommy's, I would be so grateful. [/p][p]And if that's not enough reason, as well as me running my longest-ever distance, my children are going to be running their longest ever distances too. 10 year old Eva and 6 year old Isaac will be running more than 5K/3 miles and 8 year old Owen will be running more than 13K/8 miles (he achieved this when we joined Welsh ultra runner Rhys Jenkins on his Wales Coast Path world record challenge back in the summer).[/p][p]Anything you can spare will make a difference to Tommy's. Thank you so much for your support. [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p]October 2019[/p][p]I freaked out a bit when I got the email from Tommy's telling me I had a charity place on their London Marathon 2020 team. I didn’t know if I could ever run that far or even fit in all the training. [/p][p]But then the babies of two women I know died, one during labour and one shortly after a premature birth, and another friend had a miscarriage. Their heartbreak brought back everything I went through when my own first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. [/p][p]It made me realise that no matter how many blisters I get on my feet, how achy my legs are afterwards, if I need to walk parts of it or crawl across the finish line….no amount of physical pain will ever come close to the emotional pain and heartbreak of losing a baby. I CAN do this and I will wear that pink vest with pride in the hope that the money I raise will not only support grieving parents but will also help fund research into the reasons behind miscarriage, still birth and prematurity. [/p][p]I’m not [i]just[/i] going to be running London though. I’m dedicating all my running between now and then to Tommy’s, starting with Cardiff Half marathon on Sunday 6 October. [/p][p]In November, I’ll be taking part in the Tough Runner Cardiff Trail Half Marathon, and in January 2020 the 10K Afan Valley trail run. My hope is to run two more half marathons in the first quarter of 2020, as well as three more 10K races. I’ll be documenting it all on my blog Cardiff Mummy Says.[/p][p]My children are also going to be running their own marathon. Not in one go, obviously! As soon as I told them the news about London, they started telling me all the things they wanted to do to help me fundraise and have decided to set themselves the challenge of running 26.2 miles between now and London. This will be made up of official running events and Junior Parkruns.[/p][p]I'll be organising a series of special events to help with the fundraising... but sponsorship is massively appreciated. Please don't feel you have to donate a large amount; every penny and every pound will soon add up and make a difference[/p][p]You can read more here. [/p][p][url=http://cardiffmummysays.com/running/im-running-the-2020-virgin-london-marathon-for-tommys-but-first-cardiff-half-tomorrow/]http://cardiffmummysays.com/running/im-running-the-2020-virgin-london-marathon-for-tommys-but-first-cardiff-half-tomorrow/[/url][/p][p]=====[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thank you for visiting my Virgin Money Giving page. [/p][p]Tommy's fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provide pregnancy health information to parents. They believe it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth. Tommy's want every parent to have the best possible pregnancy outcomes and take home happy healthy babies. [/p][p]I am fundraising to help Tommy's prevent parents from going through baby loss, provide information to empower women through pregnancy and to support those who have suffered pregnancy complications or loss. [/p][p]Please donate to this fantastic cause who are doing ground breaking work in saving babies' lives! I hugely appreciate your support.[/p][p]All donations will be quickly processed and passed to Tommy's and gift aid claimed on Tommy's behalf where the donor is eligible.[/p]
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Oct 6, 2020

Nikki Huw Nessie and Arthur

Well done on your marathon even in the treacherous weather!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 5, 2020


Well done what an achievement! Warrior Women Co Team x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Simon Roberts

Well done, Cath! Outstanding achievement for a great cause. x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020


Amazing Cath! I’m so impressed, hope you don’t get too wet! Xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Matt G

Congratulations on an amazing run - you made it look easy! A brilliant effort for a fantastic cause. And you get to do it all in London again next year..!

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Aimee Smith

Well done Cathryn, you’ve done brilliantly!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Sarah Hensby

Well done! You are amazing for doing this under the current circumstances and in such terrible weather.


Oct 4, 2020

Tref Morris

Awesome effort Cath, we really enjoyed supporting you for the first mile!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2020

Laura Clarke

Well done Cathryn. You can do it!! Love Laura x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2020


Good luck Cath! Xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid