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Anne-Marie and Andy Kennedy

Running the 2019 London Marathon

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My story

[p]If you has asked me at the end of the 2018 London marathon would I do it again I would probably have said never!! At the time I thought it was the hardest thing ever, 26.2 miles in the hottest marathon on record with just some jelly babies to fuel my legs! Giving up was not an option and the medal that now hangs proudly in my home reminds me that if we set our mind to something then we can achieve it. As I crossed that finish line alongside my husband Andy I felt a huge sense of achievement but more importantly we both knew that by putting ourselves through that challenge we had helped to make a difference to those in our world who are less fortunate. This however would never have been possible without the generous support of everyone last year and we are so grateful.[/p][p]Following the marathon I had to unfortunately hang up my running trainers whilst I underwent an operation to remove a tumour in my face. What followed was a series of medical complications that put an end to my running for most of 2018. It was a difficult journey for me personally but it was also a time for me to reflect on many things in life. I soon realised that the 26.2 miles that I ran in April was nothing compared to the severe challenges and hardship that people in our world face everyday. How fortunate was I to live in a place where I would receive medical treatment that would care for me and make me better. As the end of 2018 approached and I was able to start running again I knew that I wanted to make 2019 the year that I would do something positive to help make a difference to the lives of others less fortunate. The amazing work that Jesuit Missions continues to do has inspired me and my husband Andy to run the London Marathon again and hopefully raise some money for the work they do. This year all the Jesuit Mission London marathon runners are running in memory of Fr Victor-Luke SJ, who was tragically murdered whilst serving in South Sudan, one of the poorest and most dangerous countries in the world. He was deeply committed to improving the quality of life for people in South Sudan and worked at a teacher training centre. He is remembered for his passion for the poor, his energetic vision and selfless dedication to his work. Discussing the enormous challenges of training teachers in South Sudan, he said "We cannot despair. We have to do something". As teachers Andy and I know the importance of children receiving a good education and we hope that by raising money we will be able to continue the legacy of Fr Victor-Luke and his mission to educate and inspire the millions of children in South Sudan who are unable to go to school. [/p][p]Since 1st January 2019 Andy and I have been busy training for this challenge undertaking a series of running events. These have included 5K runs at Walthamstow Park run, the Winter 10K run, a half marathon at the Olympic Park Stratford, and the Hendy Tunbridge Wells half marathon. We have also been busy running around the streets of London and even Brands Hatch race course clocking up as many miles as possible. Our girls have even taken up running to support us. The training continues this month with the Big half - another half marathon and also the London landmarks half marathon. [/p][p]Any support that you could give us both as we undertake this challenge would be hugely appreciated. Every penny and pound will go to a wonderful charity that we will continue to work to improve the lives of so many people that are less fortunate than us. A huge thank you xxxx[/p]
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24-Mar-2019

Anonymous

Best of luck Anne-Marie and Andy. I’m sure you’ll both smash it after all that training! x

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21-Mar-2019

Rosemary Dalton TCHS

Keep training !

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20-Mar-2019

Louise Azzopardi

Good luck! Louise & Family xx

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17-Mar-2019

Vicki & Andrew

Good luck to you both!!! Love from Vicki & Andrew. Xx

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12-Mar-2019

Bernie Alexander

All the very best to you both.. an amazing story!

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10-Mar-2019

Marie Munford

Good luck to both of you!

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07-Mar-2019

Vaughan family xx

Good luck Anne-Marie and Andy

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07-Mar-2019

Rossana

A fantastic cause. God bless you.

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07-Mar-2019

Anonymous

God bless you

07-Mar-2019

Julian

Best of Luck Guys - you are amazing !

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