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[p]Why am I running the London marathon you may have asked? I think I signed up on a whim and but most probably with my accident last year, thought, yeah I can run a marathon and then completely forgot I had entered!! So here I am, in full training, embracing dry January, February, March and bloody April!! Its probably a good thing I have quit booze, I don’t want to be arguing with any staircases again for the next 4 months! [/p][p]Am I excited? Yes. Am I nervous? Yes. But as Lori Culnane said ''Everything you ever wanted to learn about yourself, you can learn in 26.2 miles''. So here’s to learning everything about myself in the 26.2 miles I run (and perhaps walk a little) on April 28th 2019. [/p][p]I have decided to run for two worthy charities which are close to my heart. It will give me more motivation when I hit the wall (around mile 20 so I have been told) but most importantly it will help make a difference to people’s lives. [/p][p]Firstly I am running for my amazing Grandma, Pauline Stringer, who passed away last year. She was a remarkable woman, full of life, funny and always enjoyed her daily glass of sherry! Dementia took a hold and it was so heart breaking to see her start to forget us. We became strangers. Alzheimer is something that will affect most of us at least once in our lifetime, either with a family member or ourselves. [u]Dementia Revolution[/u] is a joint venture between Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society with an aim to raise £3.5m for the Dementia Research Institute. Let’s make a stand against dementia.[/p][p]I am also running for Anderson Stringer. Sands (Stillbirth & Neonatel Death Charity). They have provided immense support to my brother and his partner Pao over the last 6 months after they lost their son Anderson in July 2018. Anderson was ready to be a little brother to Austin and Abel but his life was cut short during his delivery and was born sleeping. 15 babies die before, during or shortly after delivery in the UK every day. Sands are committed to reducing the number of babies dying by 2020.[/p][p]Dig deep and donate to two great charities – wish me luck too, because I am going to need it! [/p][p]X [/p]