Sophie McNestrie was one of my dearest friends and colleagues for around 20 years, who sadly passed away in October after a long 10 year brave fight against cancer.
She spent her last few weeks in the care of St Wilfrid’s Hospice where she was well cared for and looked after. During her time there, I came to visit her and explained I was going to run a marathon to raise some money for the Hospice. Sophie found this very amusing and actually laughed at the prospect of me taking on this challenge!
I started running back in 2013 but nothing on a marathon scale! I did some research on the best way to train for a marathon and found a 16 week plan to help to prepare. Training started in earnest this January and I set myself the target of raising £2,000. I very quickly knew that I would achieve this after I had a quiz night and people were so generous – I then doubled my target to £4,000.
To date I have hit just under £3,500 so I know I will achieve my fundraising target. I know I will complete the run because the training has taken over my life – although I will definitely not be doing another one!
In the last three months I have run for over 65 hours and 335 miles and burnt over 61,000 calories. I have had two black toe nails and one major blister! I have spent a lot of my time training, eating, sleeping and working and am looking forward to the day it will all be over.
My training schedule is now starting to reduce in preparation for the big day. I have a group of supporters coming with me on the day to cheer me along and keep me going to the finish line. Thank you to everyone that has sponsored me so far and wished me luck for this challenge.
I will give it my all and am proud to be running in memory of my dear friend Sophie.