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Miles for Smiles - London Marathon
Posted on: 9th March 2017
Fen is going the distance for the Child Brain Injury Trust
We’re proud and excited that our Fen has been selected by the Child Brain Injury Trust as their sole runner in the London Marathon 2017.
Fen, an avid runner for most of her adult life, was keen to get ‘back on the road’ after a 7-year hiatus, having acquired a common running injury called ‘plantar fasciitis’ and later diagnosed with a B12 deficiency, causing fatigue.
“I have regular B12 injections now,” says Fen, “and feel so much healthier. I recently re-joined a local running club and am beginning to up my miles. I’ve been running regularly but hadn’t really been planning to do a marathon again - my last one was in 2003!”
Fen has certainly gone all guns blazing this year, already completing 5 half marathons (Kinross, Hadrian’s Wall, Haddington, Kielder and Path of Condie), a 10-mile road race and a 10k race. At the Hadrian’s Wall and Kielder half marathons, Fen finished third in her category (female over 50’s).
“This is just as much about raising awareness as it is raising funds.”
When Fen saw an email from the Trust asking for applications to run for them, she applied without too much thought and a few weeks later found out she had been chosen. “I was absolutely delighted, if not a little panic stricken,” says Fen.
“It means a lot to be running for a brain injury charity, as brain injury is still very ‘unseen’ and misunderstood, and there just aren’t enough funds put towards it centrally. This is just as much about raising awareness as it is raising funds.”
Running the 2017 London Marathon has extra meaning for Fen because it will be her 20th year working in brain injury and her 10th year at JSP. She will also be 52 years young, so she’ll be running 2 miles for every year of her life. “I’m going to use that to help me get through it,” says Fen.
Fen is aiming to raise at least £2,500 for the Child Brain Injury Trust. You can sponsor her via Fen's JustGiving page - all donations very gratefully received!
Fen’s running blog
Fen is going to keep us updated with her training, preparation and personal fundraising efforts as we count down to the big day.
Update - March 2017:
Other than a minor hamstring injury, my training is going well - although I no longer have any idea how it feels to have legs that don’t ache! My longest run to date has been 20 miles and I plan to do at least one 22-mile run before the big day.
I’ve discovered Parkrun, which means getting up early on a Saturday, and cross country, which means getting very muddy! Training with Portobello Running Club has been hugely helpful and encouraging.
Fundraising is going well and I’m hoping to exceed my target, which is excellent! My latest event was a grown-up disco, which was very well attended despite foul weather. My daughter sold raffle tickets, my son drew the raffle and my husband was the DJ - so it was a bit of a family affair.
Still to come: a clothes swap, a mini marathon at St Mary’s Leith Primary School, a non-uniform day at Leith Academy High School, and a disco in Corbridge on 8th April (courtesy of Ella Cornforth) - email me for details.
I should be getting my Child Brain Injury Trust running vest soon - the only one at the marathon! Anyone interested in looking out for me on the day, either in London or virtually, will be able to track me by app - more info coming soon!
Not long now - better get some more miles in…
Update - January 2017:
Just over 3 months to go until the big day and the fundraising is continuing. I held a bake off on 21 January, which proved very popular - eating cake for charity, definitely a good move - and raised over £400.
The next event is a disco here in Edinburgh on Friday 24 February at the Hibernian club on Easter Road. There will be a wide range of music for grown ups - and you can bribe the DJ if you want a particular song (all proceeds to Child Brain Injury Trust of course). All are welcome! Download the event flyer
Training is going well - running with Portobello Running Club again is definitely helping and I am trying to do a bit of short distance running as well as long distance to work on speed. I have managed to get up very early on Saturday mornings and go along to my local park run. I even managed to do the 4 mile New Year’s Day race after having had a very traditional Hogmanay.