Elizabeth Hesselworth

Elizabeth Hesselworth

Lizzy's Joggywalking 2022 London Marathon


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My story

[p]MY PARTICIPATION IN THE VIRTUAL LONDON MARATHON ON 4TH OCTOBER 2020. [/p][p]Hi, I am Elizabeth Hesselworth, 66 years old and I retired from 40 years as a primary school teacher in 2015. I joggywalked 26.2 miles in the Virtual 2020 Virgin London Marathon, on a course of my choice, in the beautiful countryside around my home, Grantham in Lincolnshire on Sunday 4th October. Joggywalking is pretty explicit ... it’s a mix of walking and jogging. I jog for a bit, walk for a bit, jog for a bit, and so on.[/p][p]It has been an ambition of mine to take part in The London Marathon ever since I saw the very first London Marathon in 1981 on television and more recently when I watched the inspirational Paula Radcliffe win it in 2002. [/p][p]In March 2019, I watched 'The Parkinson's Drug Trial' on BBC 2, which triggered a huge emotional response within me ... [/p][p]My father Don Brownlow, a farmer who lived in Barrowby his entire life, had Parkinson's Disease. My mum, Sheila Brownlow, was his carer under increasingly difficult circumstances until he died in 1999. As I watched this programme, memories came flooding back of the daily struggles encountered by both of my parents, which were frequently shared by myself and other family members, as Parkinson's Disease increasingly debilitated the life of my father. [/p][p]Immediately after the programme had ended, I wrote to Parkinson's UK, applying for one of their charity places in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.[/p][p]On Friday 25th October 2019, I was overwhelmed to receive a phone call from Parkinson's UK, offering me one of their 86 charity places (86 out of 800 applicants)! [/p][p]I am delighted about having the opportunity to be able to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by Parkinson's Disease through my fundraising, both locally and further afield. Every penny makes a difference. In fact, thanks to so many wonderful people and businesses, I have already exceeded my target, having so far raised £3065.36. Thank you so, so much to everyone who has contributed so far 🤗🏃🚶👣 xx[/p][p]As you can see, I have rainbow coloured hair because of the pandemic, and the colours are also reflective of those that Parkinson's have fairly recently added into their colour pallette. [/p][p]An outside, country type of person, I've always enjoyed walking. But I'm really not that keen on running, if I'm perfectly honest! I'm also a tortoise/snail! Throughout, my teaching career, I always aimed to make a positive difference to children and this marathon experience is similar, in that by participating in The Virtual London Marathon, I want to raise loads of money for my chosen charity, which is Parkinson’s UK. This was my first marathon – in fact, my first running race as an adult of any kind! And I am incredibly honoured and excited that Parkinson’s UK chose me to run for them. [/p][p]This was one of the hardest, physical challenges I have ever undertaken in my life ... I walked The Camino Ingles in Spain, in March/April 2016 which was 80 miles in 5 days over some really tricky terrain and some extremely cold, challenging weather – 2 degrees centigrade! But with focus, perseverance, determination, persistence and tenacity, I completed that challenge and in the same way, I completed The Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 4th October. [/p][p]Owing to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, this was not the London Marathon that I envisaged taking part in, the original 40th marathon having originally been scheduled to take place on 26th April 2020. However, I 'joggywalked' this 26.2 mile marathon on a 'course of my choice.' My 'course' was local – I have lived in and around Grantham my entire life – and I actually really enjoyed spending the day joggywalking in stunningly beautiful countryside. This was not exactly the city experience, where I was expecting to be running alongside 1000s of other marathoners, in the heart of London, being cheered on by 1000s of spectators. However, it was still the 40th London Marathon, and a totally unique marathon that will be remembered for years and years to come. My wonderful daughter, Esther, was my virtual marathon ‘joggywalking' partner which was fabulous having her encouragement and support throughout the day. [/p][p]During Lockdown, my training continued in the boundaries of our garden ... I jogged round and round our little patch of grass – circumference of about 30 metres. I also jogged for 2 miles daily in my front room, on the spot, whilst watching TV, followed by a 45 minute yoga/stretching session![/p][p]I took part in the 2.6 Virtual London Marathon Challenge last April, during Lockdown. I joggywalked 26.2 miles in 6 days, marking the original date of The 40th London Marathon. Throughout my training, my wonderful husband, Johnny has been there for me, my constant source of support and encouragement.[/p][p][br][/p][p]My next challenge? I have my Parkinson’s UK Charity place to run The London Marathon on 24th April 2022. I am so excited to have the opportunity to participate in this unique, monumental event running alongside thousands of other runners, in the heart of this great city. My training has begun and my aim is to raise even more money for my chosen charity, Parkinson’s UK. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's - a brain condition that turns lives upside down, leaving a future full of uncertainty. Parkinson's UK are there to make sure people have whatever they need to take back control - from information to inspiration.[/p][p]Parkinson's UK want everyone to get the best health and social care. They bring professionals together to drive improvements that enable people to live life to the full.[/p][p]Ultimately, they want to end Parkinson's. They inspire and support the international research community to develop life-changing treatments, faster. And they won't stop until they find a cure.[/p][p]Parkinson's UK's work totally depends on the money their supporters raise and donate. It's only with our help that they can find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's. Together we can bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson's.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me, and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Parkinson's UK. 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.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read my page. Please donate to this fantastic cause! I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]
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May 22, 2021

From Glenys R

From Glenys R


plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jan 13, 2021


Donation from green stool sale


Jan 2, 2021

Helen A

From Helen A. Garmin


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 9, 2020

L Benn

From L Benn


plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Nov 3, 2020

Several People!

From Co, Grantham. Glenys R, Caroline B, Les S, Ann B, Annette R, Jackie W, Ros M, Sue L, C & M D, Ellen C, Jo F


Oct 26, 2020




Oct 26, 2020

Fiona Barney


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 18, 2020


Well done Lizzie, I knew you could do it, 👍🏻👍🏻


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Oct 9, 2020

Russell Weaver

Well done Liz. A great achievement.


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2020

Christine and Colin

A small contribution towards your great efforts in running a virtual marathon, which I imagine was more difficult than running the actual marathon as there was no crowd 'egging' you on. Congratulations! Much love, Christine and Colin


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