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.
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.