TO INSPIRE OTHER PEOPLE TO STRIVE AND ACHIEVE
LAUREN WHALE ‘ To mark turning 40 in 2017, I drew up a list of 40 things I wanted to do, and running the London Marathon was on it. As a child I used to help out at water stations at the marathon and I’ve always dreamed of running it, though deep down, I never believed that I could do it. I’m running with my great friend Sue Pritchard, who first ran it in 2011 to raise funds for the Brain Research Trust (BRT), after the sudden death of her much-loved dad. After that, life got in the way and she gradually lost her running fitness as a result of injuries, lack of motivation and weight gain.
Meanwhile, four years of studying for an MA left me four stone heavier than I used to be. Committing to help BRT again is motivating both of us to keep up the training. As “normal” women, who were never picked first for school sports teams and who are not super-fit, we also hope to inspire others to strive to achieve things they once thought were out of reach.’