NOTE: DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THE MARATHON HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER
Sally Cook is a first time marathon runner who will be running the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 26th April and she has chosen Catching Lives to be the charity she will raise funds for. Sally, Practice Manager at Kesson Physiotherapy Service in Faversham dropped into the Open Centre to tell us the reasons behind her decision to choose Catching Lives. ‘My nephew, Luke Mumford, was a student in Canterbury and he used to regularly help the homeless, buying them coffee and food and stopping for a chat. Luke tragically lost his life in a car accident aged just 20 in 2016. He was such a positive person and something he said sums up the sort of person he was: “Bring positive change to the communities you’re involved in. Be proactive. If you have the power to improve something or make someone happier, do it. Set out to do something for someone each day. Even if it’s as small as buying someone some food or drink – it all counts”. Luke is my inspiration and reason for choosing such a worthwhile cause.’
Sally did race in a half marathon about 5 years ago and does take part in 5k Park Runs most Saturday mornings but now after 10 years of entering the London Marathon ballot she has finally gained a place in this, the 40th anniversary of the race. ‘It is also my 50th Birthday in July which is an added incentive.’ Sally told us. Her London Marathon training plan started in December and her longest run so far is 17 miles. In the next few weeks she will step up her training runs to 18, 20 and 22 miles!
‘I am finding it very tough physically and mentally.’ Sally explained of the huge effort required. ‘I try to overcome this by thinking of the worthwhile cause I am raising money for and the huge achievement this will be for me. Without the support of my husband and work colleagues at Kesson Physiotherapy – who have all been absolutely amazing in helping me to become fitter and stronger, I don’t think I would have been able to get through this challenge. I cannot wait to get to the starting line!’
Everyone at Catching Lives would like to thank Sally for choosing to run for Catching Lives. With all the training she has been doing we’re certain she’ll make the finish flag in good time.