Runner's World (UK) - - LONDON CALLING - @run­likeawhale

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.’

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