Debbie's story

With her grandfather having dementia for years, Debbie Morgan decided to fundraise to help fund research into neurological conditions.

‘After taking up running and completing the Royal Parks Half Marathon, I decided to run the full London Marathon for Brain Research UK as my grandpa suffers from dementia.

Debbie Morgan - Brain Research Trust marathon runner

I was ecstatic when I was offered a place to run for Brain Research UK, genuinely over the moon. There were also tinges of sheer terror at what I had let myself in for. But it is all for a good cause and one which means a great deal to me.

I wrote a weekly blog for progress of my 22-week training programme for the marathon, which certainly had its ups-and-downs. Training in the winter was hard but I saw the weeks through and felt myself becoming more confident in my running ability thanks to the work I done and encouragement from family and friends.

My training included running, the gym and personal training sessions. I would even take annual leave from work to fit in all my long runs if I couldn’t do them at the weekend. I stopped drinking three months before the marathon to focus properly, and it all paid off!

I cried all the way to the start line with nerves and once I set off there was no going back. I ran and ran and ran the whole 26.2 miles, with my fastest mile being the last. Nothing compares to the feeling of crossing the finish line.

I had a huge sense of accomplishment and raised nearly £2,500 for a very important charity. I’d do it all over again.’

If you have a connection with the Brain Research UK and would like to run at London Marathon for us, you can find out more information here.

You can find out more about dementia and the research we have funded here:
Dementia: Research |Condition