My Story

Cancer

Unfortunately there is a long and frequent history of cancer on both sides of my family and so I’ve always tried to do a lot of fund raising for Cancer Research, taking part in various sponsored events, including several marathons.

However earlier this year there was another case very close to home which has given me reason to increase and focus my efforts significantly.

Hannah

Further to this, admittedly some time ago, my girlfriend Hannah was hit by a drunk-driver while walking home one night and there was nothing that doctors could do. I realise I am biased but as gorgeous as Hannah was, to me the truly inspirational thing about her was how beautiful a person she was on the inside. Incredibly friendly, caring and generous and always going out of her way to help others, I honestly didn’t know a single person who had a bad word to say about her and I count myself lucky to have also been able to call her my best friend.

Fighting cancer was a cause very close to her heart, and something she devoted a huge amount of time and effort to and I guess I’m also still trying to make her proud and smile that lovely smile as she looks down from above.

Knee

Just in case there are any – quite understandable – doubts about the
feasibility of the project I will just say that when I am committed to doing something – especially when others have kindly contributed time and effort towards it – I am extremely driven, and simply will not give up.

My sports coaches have said my best attribute is my spirit and determination, and I have always been fortunate to have been able to find a way to keep on going – no matter what.

It’s not my intention to appear boastful – I freely admit I can’t do macho to save my life! However, last year I was due to run the Berlin Marathon for Cancer Research UK at the end of September, unfortunately at the end of July I dislocated the knee-cap and ruptured the medial ligament on my left knee.

Initially I was ruled out for three to four months, however I’ve always been really lucky to recover exceptionally quickly from injuries, and having already raised over £1,000, I spoke to the doctors and asked if there was any way I could take part, if not running then maybe walking the route. They said they would monitor my progress and see what happened but didn’t give me much chance.

By committing to several hours of physiotherapy every day, which had to be fit around a full time job (I was on placement at the time), and my coaching commitments (I’ve been told watching a person coach football and martial arts on one leg is hilarious) I was able to reach a stage that the doctors said that while it would be painful, I wouldn’t be risking any further damage by running the marathon and they gave me the OK to take part.

Even then, up until a couple of weeks before the event I was unable to run on roads and so I arranged with my local swimming pool to go and run in the pool for at least an hour every night, where the water reduced the stress going through my knee.

Admittedly this wasn’t exactly ideal preparation, but thankfully I managed to complete the marathon (on not much more than adrenalin, optimism and determination), running for the entire route without any stops, in just over four hours, raising just over £2,000 in total.

Again, I’m not saying this to try and impress anyone – I’m the first to admit that I was incredibly lucky, both with the injury and recovery. It’s simply that I appreciate this must appear a rather ambitious project and I wanted to illustrate how committed I am to this cause.