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Meet our London Marathon runners

Posted by: Fundraising 19 April 2017

On Sunday 23 April our team of 118 runners will take to the streets of London for a 26.2 mile race past the capital’s most famous landmarks. Here three of our runners share their stories.

Graham

Graham

Why did you decide to run the London Marathon for Pancreatic Cancer UK?

I decided to run because of my father. Last January he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is now receiving treatment. At the time our family knew very little about the disease but now we unfortunately know how aggressive pancreatic cancer is. The donations I have received so far have been a real motivator for my dad. He hopes that the donations will help prevent people of his grandchildren’s generation from suffering from the disease.

How did you fundraise? Did you hold any events?

Most of my close friends and family donated and by Christmas 2016 I’d raised £2,500. As part of my fundraising I shared my dad’s story on social media and asked for donations. So far I have raised £6,300!

Gavin

Why did you decide to run for Pancreatic Cancer UK?

Gavin

My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and unfortunately passed away in March 2012. Before his diagnosis I had not even heard of pancreatic cancer. I began to research the work that Pancreatic Cancer UK does to improve awareness of symptoms and signed up for the London Marathon to do my bit to help a cause close to my heart.

How have you been preparing for the marathon?

I had never been much of a runner. After entering the London Marathon, I started my training by attempting to run around my street. I really struggled but I kept on going. I entered a 5k, then a 10k and then a half marathon. I now run three times a week and my longest run so far is 21 miles!

Whitney

Whitney

Why did you decide to run for Pancreatic Cancer UK?

I’ve always enjoyed running and have completed runs back home in America. I moved to London two years ago and since I arrived from the US I’ve wanted to run the London Marathon! One of my best friends recently lost her mom, Karen, to pancreatic cancer. I decided to enter the London Marathon ballot and run for Pancreatic Cancer UK in honour of Karen.

What’s motivating you to cross that finish line?

I know it will be hard but knowing that I am running for such a great cause, and in honour of Karen, will get me across the finish line.

You can support Graham, Gavin and Whitney via their Just Giving pages.