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Running in memory!

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • Jenni Hughes

By Jenni Hughes


My name is Jenni and I have a place in the London Marathon in April 2016.

I actually got my place back in May but I have been in denial since then so I thought, as the hype is building with people finding out whether or not they have got their places, that I would join in and get my London Marathon journey started.

I have actually started training already – my sister bought me a workout programme and I’ve signed up to Nike+ to start my beginners marathon training on 4th November with their app. I’ve also bought some new trainers so I’m pretty much there. What I actually need to start doing is the actual running.

I used to be a really good runner at school; I even got into the nationals for my running. Except that it was for the 100m, which believe it or not, is an entirely different race, so I’m a bit nervous! I was also diagnosed last year with hypermobility, meaning that I have an increased risk of injuries, such as dislocations and sprains. I’ve been reading tons of blogs to try and understand how the training and subsequent marathon is going to affect my body. It’s a little daunting, but I’m seriously excited – a challenge on a challenge; I like it!

I chose Leukaemia CARE because my dad had a son who sadly passed away when he was very young from the blood cancer. I know there has been such fantastic work done in the years since he died, and I wanted to run the marathon in support of that work, for him, for my step brother and sister, their mum and of course for my dad.

So here we are – I’m out of the closet (marathon speaking) – here’s to a very challenging seven months of training. I will keep you up to date with how I’m doing, the highs and (I’m sure) the many lows and how I’m finding training with my hypermobility. All in all, it’s going to be a really wonderful few months.

If you would like to support Jenni, you can donate to her online giving page here

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