Olivia’s fundraising run spurs second marathon
Havelock North’s Olivia Glazebrook used the memory of her late aunt, Vicki Bostock, to propel her through the gruelling 42km 2016 London Marathon last month.
The 22-year-old is fizzing about being able to hand over $15,000 to New Zealand Cancer Society after attaining a charity entry through the marathon’s ballot system.
This put her second on the list of top fundraisers on the Everyday Hero page where the runners fundraised.
Only a handful of other New Zealanders were chosen, each needing to hit the minimum target of $7000 before getting the goahead to run.
Initially the loss of her aunt, who lost her battle to cancer last August, prompted her to compete. After being selected, reaching her goal, and learning another friend had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, she decided to up the ante. The figure continued to escalate after reaching the revised $10,000 mark.
Olivia had finished a degree in food innovation and marketing at University of Otago and was trekking across Europe when her aunt passed away. Returning home to the Bay, Olivia made it her mission to help. In January, she turned her hand to baking.
“I have always baked— there are family pictures of me in the kitchen when Iwas about two years old.”
Raffles, bake stalls, macaroon towers and birthday cakes made up the bulk of her funds. Hawke’s Bay ice cream company Rush Munro’s, came to the party and the keen runner sold ice cream at events, including the Horse of the Year Show.
New Zealand Cancer Society community fundraising coordinator Sue Beuvink told Hawke’s Bay Today it was the first time the society had been selected by the marathon organisers as the exclusive New Zealand charity.
“It’s an incredibly difficult event to get a place in,” she said.
Olivia says taking part in the marathon was incredible.
“It was just beyond belief. It was probably the best thing I’ve ever done in my life so far.”
The volume of people, both competitors and supporters, added to an atmosphere that was like no other, she said. Olivia’s family went to London to watch. HermumCharlotte said they had to go to extreme lengths to catch a glimpse of her daughter through the masses. Charlotte says her daughter is an “absolutely fully motivated” person who becomes fixated on things. While fundraising for the event Olivia would rise at 5am to run, then bake a cake, then go to work.
Charlotte says Vicki Bostock died after a four-and-a-half year struggle, and the family felt her loss immensely as she lived down the road and they saw each other weekly.
Olivia says when her body began hurting her encouragement came from the memory of her aunt— the reason she was running.
Despite a five week break in February after a ski accident in Japan, shin splints and a cold contracted the day before the race, she still clocked four hours and three minutes.
With her first marathon completed she has a new fixation . . . Olivia has already signed up to a few more half marathons this year and is setting her sights on the New York Marathon.
It was just beyond belief. It was probably the best thing I’ve ever done in my life so far.
SUCCESS: Olivia Glazebrook has crossed the line at the London Marathon and raised $15,000 for the Cancer Society in the process.