G is for the Great South Run

GIn 2011 I ran the Great South Run.

To say I did it for fun would not only be funny but would also be semi true.

I’ve always wanted to run a marathon, but in the last 5-10 years there’s no way I’d have been in any fit shape to do, so I found the Great South Run. Only 10 miles. Easy (pah!)

298869_10150383701787188_1061811056_nStupid as I was, in not actually investing any time in training for the run, I still completed it but in an abysmal time. So abysmal, I can’t even remember the time I finished in.

This year, things are different. This year, I will be running again but will be raising money. Fingers crossed lots of money. Yes, I shall be putting on a pair of trainers and running 10 miles – I can see the shock on your face.

On 26 October, I will be running the Great South Run to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action charity.

A friend of mine, Matt, lost his wife to Pancreatic Cancer in February earlier this year. Kerry was beautiful, caring, courageous and had the most amazing dresses (!) and smile, and was only 24. She had stage IV Pancreatic Cancer and worked so hard to raise awareness for this charity, including appearing on This Morning, in New! magazine, and Cancer campaigns.

1912087_10152286990523833_285812406_nYou might recognise her from when she shot to national attention after fronting a ‘hard-hitting’ campaign by Pancreatic Cancer Action to raise awareness. The campaign drew controversy as it featured the slogan ‘I wish I had breast cancer’, because of its high survival rates.

She devoted so much of her own time trying to raise the profile of the disease that she, like many other Pancreatic Cancer patients, had not heard of before her diagnosis.

The cancer has been underfunded for decades, and despite being the fifth biggest cancer killer in the UK, it only receives one per cent of total research funding.

Only three per cent of people survive pancreatic cancer for five years after diagnosis. The average patient lives four to six months after they find out they have the disease. Does this not sound like it deserves more funding? Don’t these people deserve to live too?

Pancreatic Cancer Action has successfully received more than 105,000 signatures in an e-petition recently calling for more funding and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer.

BUT WE CAN DO MORE. Please help donate for more research and funding, so we can help save lives.

Please sponsor me.

 || Part of the A to Z Challenge ||

A post a day except Sunday for the month of April to cover topics beginning with each letter of the alphabet.

Previously on A to Z:

F is for The Fureys

E is for Everlasting Gobstoppers

D is for Derren Brown

C is for Coffee

B is for Bill Bailey

A is for Avocado

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