UPDATE : Sadly, due to Covid-19, Sophie’s marathon was cancelled and therefore never went ahead. Thank you for the donations that were received on behalf of this and I do hope you can understand they have not gone to waste! Hopefully we will be able to advertise on behalf of Sophie’s running in the near future if things get re-organised. But for now, please do read Sophie’s wonderful story….
Manchester Marathon – 05/04/20
This month I’d like to introduce you to a lovely girl and friend, Sophie. We are so grateful any time that someone gets in contact to want to help out that it simply doesn’t feel right just replying with a thank you. I’m also a curious character and I like to find out a person’s story behind their generosity. So, when Sophie got in touch to say that she will be running the Manchester Marathon in April, in order to help raise money towards Maddison’s Movement, I asked her if she would simply mind giving us a little bit more information to tell you guys why she began running. Without further ado, in her words….
In 2017 my grandad was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he went through radiotherapy for a few months and it soon cleared up, when he went back for a check up it had reappeared and had to go back in for surgery to have his prostate removed, whilst he was in hospital he had sepsis which was very hit and miss whether or not he would survive through that. As he got over sepsis still in hospital they took further x-rays and had found that there was cancer in his lungs and had spread to other parts of his body, he was given less than 6 months to live. When he was well enough he was released from hospital and sent home with a day nurse who helped my Nan care for him. During his time at home he was taking every pill and medicine the hospital could pump into him, which was making him feel more closer to deaths door than he was. So grandad decided to that enough was enough and stopped taking the pills to allow him to feel more normal again and to see his life out naturally, so from December 2017 every moment was precious. During this time grandad the ever conniving man that he is found some fancy marijuana pills/oils online that he’d read about, ordered a bulk pack and started taking these pills to help ease the pain. Every weekend we would pack up the car and drive up to Lincoln to spend as much time with grandad as we could. Come the end of March 2018 grandad had gone into hospital to have a check up and tests etc to find that every inch of cancer that had riddled his body had miraculously just disappeared, we couldn’t believe it, no one did. They went for 2nd, 3rd and 4th opinions, it was a miracle, grandad was clear of cancer.
So at this point i decided that I was going to do everything that I could to raise £1000 for cancer research uk specifically for prostate cancer, my first run was the race for life 10k pretty muddy at the Norfolk showground, where I came 4th place, with no training I knew that I could do more, so then I did a steeplechase race over 15km with 150 obstacles which I nearly bloody died myself but my brother did it with me almost pulling me to cross the finish line…. we did that so what else could I do, So I entered a challenge to run 75 miles in one month, this was incredibly hard but I did it. At this point I was thinking of even more difficult challenges I could put myself through to raise more money… why not a half marathon, so that’s just what I did. In the end I ended up raising £890 which wasn’t quite the £1000 I had wanted to raise but I had done everything I could to get that far…..
So ever since my half marathon I have had the running bug, I joined the local running club Wymondham AC, last year I ran over 600 miles entered loads of races and lost loads of weight and have had the best time since.
Onto the next challenge a full marathon, I plucked up the courage and entered London Virgin Marathon but like thousands of other runners I did not get a place, but what I did get was a massive case of FOMO. The next day I entered Manchester Marathon instead!
It was very touch and go in November/December 2019 whether or not I’d be able to commence with my marathon training plan that I had mapped out for 16 weeks of gruelling training eating and sleeping due to injury after injury. However the determination and stubbornness in me got the better of the situation and here we are 6 weeks away with tomorrow being the longest run that I’ll do in my training plan – 20 miles!
Why Maddison’s Movement? Whilst running a marathon is an enormous challenge in itself, I first of all thought how on earth am I going to raise money for a charity and do all the training?! So to begin with I wasn’t going to do it for charity, but as I was getting knee deep into training I though surely I can raise some pennies for charity, someone will appreciate what I’m doing is difficult, why not do it for charity.
Jason & Ashleigh were really the first people I thought of when I started to think about what charities I’d like to run for, they are great people who have been through a very challenging time in their lives, they are close to home, their work has already been noticed in the hospital and this is the only charity that I have ever known where I’ve participated and donated money myself and actually seen a result of it! Jason & Ashleigh are the most deserving of my efforts, and who I’d like to help the most!
As you can see, almost everybody’s actions have reasons behind them and I thank Sophie for allowing me to share hers with the great determination from her Grandad. Please show your support. Just because someone is a keen and regular runner does not mean that a marathon is easy, it is serious and a huge challenge. GET ON BOARD AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY DONATING TO THIS LINK: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/maddisonsmovement or clicking on the box in the right hand column of this page. Thank you.