Meet Our London Marathon 2017 Runners
Posted by Anne-Marie on January 25, 2017
We have now allocated our Get A-Head Charity places and are pleased to announce that the Team GAH runners for the London Marathon 2017 are
Running the London Marathon has always been something I have wanted to do. Getting to run the London marathon with a great bunch of guys, for a great cause will make it an unbelievable experience. The Get A-Head Charity is a fabulous charity, carrying out amazing and valuable work- work that close friends have benefitted from in recent years. So the opportunity to get fit, raise money for a fantastic cause and run the most famous marathon on the planet, is an opportunity I will not be missing!!
Why am I running the London Marathon… Well in all fairness there can only be one reason and that’s to raise awareness and the profile of Get A-Head, a charity that is very close to my heart. In 2010 my beautiful wife (as pictured) was diagnosed with ACC, a rare form of head and neck cancer . She went through a horrific time and an operation that lasted 10 hours ! She was told that she may not talk properly again, she was told that she would not be able to eat certain foods, she was told that she would find it difficult to swallow, she was told that she would have a slanted mouth, she was told that her life could change dramatically…
What they didn’t tell us was how fantastic the surgeons, consultants and the rehabilitation staff would be, they were amazing the operation was a great success, no slanted mouth, if anything an improvement on her speech… sure she has some scars that you would think have come from a shark attack (we use this for fun sometimes if people ask), but you would never know if you ever meet her and speak to her. She is an inspiration to so many and without the amazing support of the Get A-Head none of this would be possible.
For sure there have been some that have not been so lucky and left us sooner than expected, despite the amazing work that the trust and the consultants and surgeons have done, they lost their battle before their time.
At the moment there is no cure for ACC and Get A-Head are the only charity funding research to find a cure for this rare cancer, so let’s not forget that Trace and the family and so many more still have this black cloud hanging over them.
So you can see it’s simple why I’m running the London Marathon, I’m hoping to raise funds and to help raise the profile and support the charity further so that any future victims that are diagnosed with this horrible disease will have the same chance that Trace has had, and to give them a better way of life and support for years to come.
Without funds, no research and no development is possible without that Trace wouldn’t be with me and her family today, so we must continue in our quest to fight this disease head on, (Get A-Head on).
For the record, I really don’t like running, I started running in January after agreeing to run the Marathon at the annual Get A-Head Ball in November and manged to get up to 3.5 miles in the first week, which I thought fantastic I can do this, then I played 5 a side football, and haven’t ran since due to a calf strain, I am currently having physio to hopefully get me back on the road, but am running out of time, however a calf strain compared to what Trace and so many have gone through and what so many more will have to go through is so insignificant, I will crawl round if I have to, too finish !
I will be running the Marathon with two good friends Adam Kent, who quite frankly is too old and unfit really and should be sitting watching it from his armchair with his hot chocolate and slippers and my other friend Stephen Mulvey, who back in the day was an athlete before he discovered pies and beer, but despite that these are two of the best people I have ever had the pleasure to be acquainted with and I am really grateful or their support, without them I wouldn’t be pushing myself to complete the Marathon. I have no doubt we are all going to struggle somewhat, but what a fantastic charity to struggle for… Get A-Head.
Adam and Myself, have set a target of £10,000 to help towards an essential piece of diagnostics equipment for the charity, so any support no matter how small would be greatly received to help us achieve the target set, so for those that can dig deep, please do and lets help those not so fortunate.
I met Tracy over twelve years ago via my partner and her best friend Vikki, I was instantly drawn to her generosity and close friendship, you clearly could see that Tracy would do anything for anyone, no matter what the time or cost, over the following years I met her partner Carl and despite his short stature he also had a huge personality and generosity which made them in my mind the perfect couple.
We were both devastated when we discovered that Tracy had neck cancer, for both of them and her son Ben, however throughout her treatment and subsequent operations Tracy’s main focus was always on everyone other than herself.
I clearly saw the support and benefit Tracy and Carl received when sharing their problems with Get A-Head, which when I was subsequently invited to a charity ball led me to bid for many items, as my cupboard at home would testify. However at the end of last year I decided I wanted to do more and show my support for Tracy, Carl and Get A-Head hence bidding for the London Marathon Entry.
The last time I ran a marathon I was 19 years old, I’m now 53 and it is certainly proving to be a massive challenge, the training has to be combined with diet and body breakages with pain in places you wouldn’t think possible. However as I’m running for County Council for Wythall in May the need to deliver over 20,000 leaflets certainly helps with the training, I’m currently torn between delivering leaflets with the Get-A Head logo or the Conservatives on my top.
Myself and Carl have set a target of £10,000 to go towards buying a essential piece of equipment for the charity any support to help us reach this goal for an incredible charity would be gratefully received.
Chris Coulson, Tom Church & Stevie Coulson
Chris, a Consultant in ENT Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, says: “I’ve seen first-hand the amazing work Get A-Head do for patients, families and researchers in the head and neck field. Both Tom and Stevie have been inspired and motivated to raise as much money as possible for this great cause. Following Tom and I breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in a 2 person outfit last year, we’re upping it a level for 2017. Our aim is to break the world record for the fastest marathon in a 3 person outfit (outfit yet to be determined….) – it currently stands at 4hr 58 mins and we think we’ve got a good shot at it.”
My story is quite simple, one of the items on my bucket list is to run a marathon, and I am 50 this year so I thought why not this year. I tried the public ballot without success, and after telling Phil Morris of UKF Stainless that I had been unsuccessful with the ballot and my intention was to apply through a charity, within 10 minutes he had got back to me and said he had got me a place with Get A-Head, to which I am eternally grateful (what a great Boss)……..!!!!!
Having run a few half marathons and 10k events, I thought “how hard can it be?” Going by training to date, the answer is very hard.
I am running the London Marathon 2017 – most of you will realise that those words were never going to come out of my mouth. However, I have a very personal motivation. My sister, Lucy, and now my nephew, Joseph, have been diagnosed with MEN2A. This condition causes Medullary Thyroid Cancer – a rare and currently incurable disease which Lucy has and Jojo will shortly undergo surgery to prevent ever getting.
The Get A-Head charity supports those with head and neck diseases and cancers and is currently funding research into the genetic form of the Medullary Thyroid Cancer that Lucy has. This is a very small charity that needs all the help it can get. Please help me to help them. Even a small amount makes a difference to such a small charity.
I had never run anywhere before the beginning of October – it is not something that comes naturally to me and I don’t find it easy. Incredibly, however, I am pleased to say that I appear to have found some running legs! Every time I feel tired or like giving up I remember the burden on those who have been diagnosed with cancer and those around them. I know that running the London Marathon won’t change Lucy and Jojo’s diagnosis but the money I will raise will make a big difference to the research and support the Get A-Head charity currently give.
Lorna Nickson Brown
‘I’m raising money for Get A-Head because they provided me with great support when I was patient in 2015. I had many questions when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and they were always answered by the counsellor who worked closely with my oncologist at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. This not only helped me to feel in control of my treatment, but also stopped me googling and looking at unreliable websites that would have exacerbated my fear and anxieties. Get A-Head is a wonderful charity that I know makes a huge difference to people. I am forever indebted to them. Bring on the marathon!!!’
They’ll be joining over 35,000 runners taking part in one of the most iconic marathons in the world. We’ll be telling their stories over the coming weeks and we’re sure they’ll be keeping us updated on their training and fundraising successes via our Facebook & Twitter pages, so keep checking back.
Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 Ballot
The public ballot has now closed and the results have been released. If you’ve already got a place through the event organisers you can become a Team GAH member, just email us your details and gain access to all the same benefits as a charity place runner. You will also be helping to support Head & Neck patients.
Important: By signing up as an Own Place runner, you must have already received your place and paid for your registration directly to the event organisers.
Join our Team GAH Runners
Become a member of the GAH team and from the word go we’re on hand to provide all the support you need. We’ll send you a Team GAH Welcome Pack which includes:
Your Get A-Head running top
A Marathon Training Guide that has plenty of handy tips
Get A-Head sponsor forms – for those people who don’t like sponsoring on-line
VirginMoney Giving online fundraising page guide
Call us on 0121 371 5046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org