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Elizabeth Denyer

Beth is running the London Marathon

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My story

[p]UPDATE March 2019:[/p][p]I’m back! Having pulled out of the London Marathon last year due to injury during training, I’m making a second attempt to train and run this year’s London Marathon on [b]Sunday 28th April[/b] (I’m a sucker for punishment).[/p][p]But what a difference a year makes... I’m in much worse shape, having struggled with a few different injuries and niggles and not run very much during the rest of 2018 at all. I’m still struggling with a foot issue that for the moment seems manageable with the help of physio. Training seems much harder this year, both physically and mentally. But I’ve just completed the half marathon (The Big Half) that I got injured in last year. I’m so relieved to have broken through that milestone! So far, my training is still on track.[/p][p]Very sadly, my inspiration for running the marathon last year, our dear, sweet friend, Andrea, lost his battle with cancer last April. So I am more determined than ever to complete the marathon (even if I end up crawling it!) and to raise as much money as I can for Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham, so they can continue to do the incredible work they do for the local community.[/p][p]If you’d like to support me in my marathon efforts and [b]Royal Trinity Hospice[/b], please do donate. Thank you![/p][p]Beth x[/p][p]———————————————-[/p][p]UPDATE 27th April 2018:[/p][p]Not only did I say I’d never run a marathon, but having changed my mind to run one against my better judgement, it turns out that it’s even harder to run a marathon than I had realised. Which is saying something.[/p][p]I started my marathon training at the end of October and was going strong up to and through February. I’d run as far as 15 miles twice, as well as running regularly, going to yoga and cross training. I was even enjoying it, which was most unexpected. Then I entered “The Big Half”, a London half marathon, at the beginning of March, as part of my marathon preparation. It was a beautifully clear, sunny day, I felt strong and was raring to go. I ran past Mo Farah! (OK, he was running in the opposite direction…). But what started as a slight niggle on my shin at 2 miles turned rapidly to agony and by 4 miles, I was unable to run and was struggling to walk. I was forced to pull out. [/p][p]An MRI scan diagnosed serious shin spints and despite physio has meant having to stop running entirely for weeks to months. Suffice to say it put a rather massive dent in my training plan and forced me to pull out of the 2018 London Marathon. I’m absolutely gutted to have missed it.[/p][p]Fortunately, I can defer my place to next year, so once I’ve recovered from this injury, my plan is to come back stronger, run the London Marathon in 2019 and deliver on my commitment. I'm all signed up and ready to run for Trinity again.[/p][p]If you’ve already sponsored me, thank you! The money makes a huge difference to Royal Trinity Hospice and I really appreciate your support. I will be keeping the fundraising page open until I run the marathon next year, so if you’d still like to sponsor me, here’s the link below. You’ve got an extra year to do it now ;-) [/p][p]Thanks, Beth x[/p][p]----------------------------------------[/p][p]January 2018[/p][p]I said I'd never run a marathon. [/p][p]"Only crazy people run marathons", I said. "It's not good for your joints", I said. "It's soooo far!", "You have to train through the worst part of the British year... in cold, wind and rain"... I get bored running anything longer than 5 km and a marathon is 8 times that. EIGHT! Nope, "I'm never running a marathon", I said.[/p][p]Well... about that...[/p][p][b]I'm running the London Marathon in April for Royal Trinity Hospice.[/b][/p][p]There, I've written it down. Which makes me a hypocrite, crazy and, 3 times a week, pretty cold, as I plod round the commons of South West London at stupidly early times of the morning. [/p][p]Why the change of heart? Well some stars have aligned this year to make running the marathon a possibility ... just this once. Because only crazy people run more than one marathon, right?![/p][p]Star 1. There was a time about 5 years ago when I thought I'd never run again. I was in a lot of joint pain and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. After some time, eating a lot of oily fish, green leafy veg, seeds and vitamins, I gradually got better. And the rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis changed to "just one of those weird things that happen after you have babies". This makes me very grateful that my body now lets me run. [/p][p]Star 2. Two years ago, a fellow school mum set up a school mums' run club every Monday night. An all-comers 5km around our local park, Tooting Common, with lots of chat and support. At the same time, Parkrun came to Tooting Common. These two events, virtually on my doorstep, have meant that regular running has become possible, and dare I say it, a habit?[/p][p]Star 3. I have the best support crew - my cheer squad of Stu, Annabelle and Zach, but also friends and family, including 3 other school mums running the London marathon too, who are joining training runs and offering advice. THANK YOU!!.[/p][p]Star 4. The big one. This past August, our friend Andrea was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Like so many other people who have faced a similar diagnosis, everything changed overnight. But there were a few silver linings. One of the most beautiful and unexpected was the discovery of [b]Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham Common.[/b][/p][p]Most people associate the word "hospice" with end of life care, and Royal Trinity does provide that. But it also provides a whole set of support services, including free complementary therapies, in-home pain management, psychological support, physiotherapy and fitness advice for people with serious illnesses. You can feel compassion, commitment and kindness of the people who work at Royal Trinity Hospice the second you walk through their doors - or they walk through yours. They have been a huge source of support to Andrea and his family.[/p][p]I will be fundraising for [b]Royal Trinity Hospice[/b] so they can continue to do the incredible work they do for the local community. Hopefully, no one else among us will need their services, but they're there and ready to help, no matter what happens.[/p][p]So with the stars aligned, I now need to do a LOT of training, a LOT of stretching and with a LOT of luck, I'll be at the start line of the [b]London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April[/b]. I need all your encouragement and support through the coming months and one of the best motivators is knowing I'm raising money for such a worthwhile cause. Royal Trinity Hospice relies on fundraising to meet 75% of it's 12 million annual running costs. Every little helps, so if you can spare some funds, please do donate.[/p][p]Thank you! [/p][p]Beth x[/p]
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Apr 30, 2019

Gareth, Kath and Gethin

Congratulations! Great achievement! x

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Apr 30, 2019


You're a hero with an angel. Thank you. xxx

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