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Marathon effort: I raised more than £5,000 for Sue Ryder


Dear Editor,

I am getting in touch to thank my amazing family and friends, and the local community, for their incredible support of my London Marathon fundraising in aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, in Cheltenham. With their help I’ve raised over £5,000, which is just amazing!

Running this marathon was more than a run, or just a regular fundraiser for me. It was an emotional journey that has helped me through the process of losing my beautiful friend Liz to bile duct cancer. 

The training had been going great up until six weeks before then I woke up with runner’s knee and apparently this requires rest, rest, and more rest! Not great timing and not something that was easy for me to do – but rest I did. 

Going into marathon day, I had missed so much training but still felt confident that by hook or by crook, I would finish it.

Cathy 2 | Marathon effort: I raised more than £5,000 for Sue Ryder

Arriving at Blackheath where my husband left me, felt like being dropped off at school on your first day! It was crazy busy and yet so calm. Nervous, but excited people preparing themselves in their own individual way. 

The run began and the runners around me shot off, I relaxed and eased into my own comfortable pace and stayed there. Random strangers were so kind and comforting along the way and the street parties provided great distractions.

I ran with memory ribbons on my back that helped inspire me when my legs began to tire. Some miles passed quickly, and others were tough. Seeing my family and friends throughout the run meant everything – it was a real boost when I needed it.

Mile 25 was Liz’s mile and we battled to the finish, my heart full of love and loss. I cried on finishing as my emotions were heightened. It was done and I felt elated!

I am so glad I had the chance to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime challenge while supporting such a wonderful cause. Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is a remarkable place filled with the most exceptional people who go about their daily chores with love and compassion.

For now, my trainers are resting, and we will see what happens in the coming weeks!

If you are inspired to run the TCS London Marathon for Sue Ryder next year, visit www.sueryder.org/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/events/tcs-london-marathon-2025/

Kind Regards,

Cathy Hammond

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