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Louisa Dennett

London Marathon 2019

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My story

[p]Hi everyone![/p][p]Well, this has been a long time coming! After receiving rejections for the London Marathon for years and years, into double figures, this is my time to run and what a way to do it! I'm proud to be raising money for a charity that is very close to home. Arthritis has affected my family for a number of years and not how you'd expect it to. Arthritis doesn't affect children does it? Surely not..... YES it does! My son received his diagnosis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis as the age of 9. You wouldn't know it when the condition is under control and that, we are very thankful for. His condition is an autoimmune disease, so not it isn't a 'wear and tear' form but when it strikes, it really strikes and in the early days, very problematic and extremely painful. Weekly injections of a drug called Methotrexate keeps the condition under control by suppressing the immune system but this is a long term treatment and only by administering the drug for two years at a time and then reducing or withdrawing, will tell whether the condition is permanently under control. Unfortunately, we have gone through this process three times and every time, it has been unsuccessful; the condition 'flares' and the joints swell with a potential to permanently damage the joints if untreated. This then results in a procedure under general anaesthetic. [/p][p]Why London?[/p][p]Well, I've applied in the general ballot for years (double figures) and have always been rejected. I've run for charity before, but not for quite some time, so applied for this place. I was delighted when I found out - although a little shocked, I must admit! I'd kind of fell out with running only a few weeks before. I'd received my rejection, had no other plans and really did think, 'what's the point?'. Ellie had started Uni in Newcastle, which was difficult to get used to and I hit a massive low. Running is an excellent way of keeping me happy but yet it wasn't able to improve how I felt. The offer of the place came at a perfect time and it has given me the motivation and drive to get back doing what I love. As I hadn't been running properly for a few weeks and in fact had done nothing at all for two weeks, it was time to lace up those shoes and get out there. That is exactly what I did! I returned to my running club, Lincoln and District Runners and actually ran some parkruns, rather than volunteering. Both are precious to me as you'll know!! I value my Tuesday night club nights and as for parkrun, well you all know what that means to me. If I was to write about the impact and joy it gives me, I wouldn't stop writing!Running with people is such a tonic and it has helped me find my feet again! I am also incredibly lucky to have a very supportive work place. I work in a primary school and the children were involved in a sponsored event, 'Going the extra mile'. I had the privilege of spending an afternoon, running around the village playing field with approximately 120 children. I loved it and I think they did too. Rosy cheeks all round but a heartwarming occasion and sheer pleasure seeing them active and engaging in conversation as we ran around. Some not believing they could achieve but then oozing pride as they completed the event. I gave myself the target of running 13 miles before the New Year and, on the Sunday before New Years Eve, I completed 14 miles - great to prove to myself that I can still do this![/p][p]I am following a 16 week training plan and this officially started on 7th January - quite apt really as Kian had an MRI appointment the day after, arranged at one of his routine appointments. The Doctor isn't overly concerned but needs to check something. We are currently awaiting the results. A stark reminder though of this condition and even though he is fine day to day, the condition is there - just kept at bay by his weekly medication. [/p][p]The training plans fills me with sheer excitement! I've ran marathons before. My first being Edinburgh in 2014 - pleasurable; it was my first. I didn't know then that the following day, you realise that the only way you can get downstairs is by going backwards! My 2nd was Paris in 2015 and this was just an incredible experience. Paris is one of my favourite places, we've visited lots of times and it felt so right. 2015 was also the year I ran with Ben Smith of the 401 challenge, along with other club members we joined him in one of his marathons (401 in 401 days) and completed the distance. Then in 2016 I ran Manchester - Manchester wasn't such a pleasurable experience, in fact I'd probably say that I hated every step! I'll never forgetting taking off my drinks belt and literally 'lobbing' it in a hedge. If I could have got away with throwing myself in the hedge too, I would have done!! I still completed it in 4:28 but I have never felt so much relief as I crossed the finish line.It was Manchester that put me off marathons for a while but the offer of London would have always won me over. It will therefore be 3 years since my last full marathon and I 100% cannot wait! At the point of writing this, I'm only two weeks in but I love working to a plan, knowing that with hard work, it should produce results! I'm currently running just over 30 miles per week but this is set to increase in the next few weeks. It is of course freezing cold at the moment, so I have to literally throw myself out of the door but once out there, I realise that I'm doing exactly what I love and for a really good reason.[/p][p]25/4/19[/p][p]Here I am with 3 sleeps left until marathon day and is just like to say the biggest thank you I can to everyone who has supported and sponsored me. The training has been incredible. It was my intention to update this each week, but when I say I’ve ran 580 miles since 1st January, there hasn’t been much time! What with my family to look after, work to go to and parkrun to keep me busy at the weekends, as well as the running, it’s been pretty full on. [/p][p]I must mention a huge thanks to Kristie who organised my ‘darkrun’ which was just incredible. The park lit up by runners was such a fabulous sight! Everyone loved it, I loved it and we raised a huge amount - thank you![/p][p]Thank you to my fellow running friends, club and parkrun alike - runners genuinely understand other runners and to be surrounded by likeminded people, many of whom have also been training for marathons, has been amazing. We run pleasurable miles and tough miles together! [/p][p]Thank you to my work family - incredible support from the start. It was at work that I heard I’d got my place. Running with the children as part of the fundraising was a special moment and I cannot believe that was November! One little girl came to me today, stood in front of my desk and I expected the usual , ‘I’ve forgotten my lunchbox or I don’t feel well’ - instead, she looked at me and just said, ‘Good Luck’ - how lovely. So many people have wished me luck and asked about my progress along the way, work colleagues, parents, governors and children![/p][p]The biggest thank you has to go to Wayne, Ellie and Kian and my Mum and Dad. They have listened to my moans, my stresses and moods! They’ve put up with my, ‘I need to do my run’ , my 5am alarms so I could eat and digest before my long run etc, my 3 hour runs.... and my runs I needed to do on our recent family holiday .....And they’re going to be stood for hours on Sunday! [/p][p]So, it’s been a journey and it’s nearly time.... [/p][p]-THANK YOU EVERYONE- Xx[/p][p][br][/p]

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Jun 14, 2019

Mark and Jude

Huge congratulations on your amazing achievement

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 9, 2019

Louisa Dennett

This is the total cash donations that I’ve been given since November. A huge thank you to all of the generous people who have contributed to an absolutely brilliant total! I appreciate it so much and I know the charity does too! Thank you xx


Apr 28, 2019


Well done, a fantastic achievement! What an inspiration! Love from Harry, Charlotte and Stanley Clark x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Lara & Rob

Inspirational & amazing Louisa!! You so smashed it! Well done on the run & the fundraising!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Jo haywood

You are one amazing lady x x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Louise and Dougie G.

Hope you have an amazing day Louisa x This is for you and Kian xxx

Apr 28, 2019

Abi Beel

Woohoo we watched you start! All the luck and love xxx


Apr 28, 2019

Bielby Family

All the best everyone is so proud of you the girls are tracking your journey today good luck x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019


Good luck Louisa from all your friends at The Travel Network Group


Apr 27, 2019

Keith and Penny

7 - April, race weekend is here. The final instalment, both from us & for your journey. Now is your time to celebrate with a great run. Family, friends & colleagues will be proud to see you finish. You’ve done well just enjoy the weekend & celebrate xx