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09
Mar
Three marathon challenge

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • Daniel Eade

By Dan Eade

 

I’m Dan, and I’m doing the 3-marathon challenge later this year.

In April 2017, I will be raising money and awareness for Leukaemia CARE by running three different types of marathons in 15 days: one on the road (the London Marathon), one on the coast (CTS Pembrokeshire Coast Marathon) and the final one on the hills (Preseli Beast Fell Run).

I’m running for Leukaemia CARE for two reasons. Firstly, my cousin Claire sadly passed away from leukaemia five years ago. Claire was loved by all who knew her, the life and soul of any party, but to me she will always be my big cousin, whom I have many fond memories of from growing up together. She will always be loved and missed by those closest to her.

Secondly, my girlfriend Carly was successfully cured of MDS in 2013 following treatment and is now a big supporter of blood cancer charities, especially Leukaemia CARE. The story of her treatment, and all the support she received from her amazing family and the brilliant healthcare professionals, was very special.

Leukaemia CARE is such a great charity, as it not only provides support to those who have been diagnosed with blood cancer, but also to family members and healthcare professionals, who are likewise affected by these illnesses.

Training is going well. I have completed a few races already, and as I have moved to London relatively recently, I get to take in all the sights while doing so which is pretty cool. I'm incorporating lots of different sessions into my training including hill, sprint, and Fartlek sessions which are helping get me ready for the challenge. I have been running with both the Adidas and Asics running clubs which have also been great. Overall, I'm feeling good but there is still lots of hard work to go before April.

Whilst this challenge will certainly be tough, it’s worth it to know I will be helping to support those affected by blood cancer, both directly and through a loved one, and if I can inspire someone else to take on the challenge themselves then even better!

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