Friday 13th October started out like a typical day, stuck in traffic on the A14 for over and hour on route to Ipswich and repeated on the way back to the office meaning I was late for both my meetings that day, but the day ended on a good note. Late afternoon I received a call from Brain Tumour Research UK offering me a charity place in the London marathon, the butterflies were there immediately, my marathon journey had begun.
Why run a marathon? why Brain Tumour Research? Why now?
Why a marathon?
Well, why not? I like many i suspect have sat and watched the London Marathon on TV year after year and thought I’d like a go at this one day but until this year its a thought that’s never made it beyond a few days at best. What was different this year?
A little bit about me, at 27 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and had been managing my condition with diet and medication but as I entered my forties my blood sugar levels were showing a slow increasing trend and my diabetes nurse referred me to a specialist consultant for further tests. The tests results revealed I in fact never had type 2 diabetes but did have MODY (Mature Onset Diabetes in the Young) diabetes, it’s quite a rare form and hereditary and my case was following pretty close to the typical. The medication was tweaked but the consultant recommended I step up efforts to regularly include cardio exercise into my routine and suggested running would be good. In September 16 I pulled on an old pair of trainers and struggled and stumbled around a 3k run but it was a start and 13 months, 29 parkrun’s, 2 10k events and a half marathon later…. London Marathon 2018, why not.
Why Brain Tumour Research?
I have lost both my parents to cancer, dad in 2002 aged 58 to a brain tumour and mum in 2014 to breast cancer aged 64. I raised money for Brain Tumour Research and Cancer Research UK for my half marathon earlier in the year and that experience has led me to want to do more to help the fight and find a cure for this horrible disease. Quoting directly from Brain Tumour Research “Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.” More awareness is needed and I want to honour my dad’s memory and do my bit.
Brain Tumour Research have put together a lovely piece covering my Dads story
So, the why’s have been covered and the scene is set, my future blogs will covers the what’s and hows as I prepare myself both physically and mentally for the big event, the challenges I face along the way.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my first blog and I hope you will follow me as I prepare to take on this challenge. Comments and support are most welcome and if any support in my quest to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research via my just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Riches would be greatly appreciated.