In April, Rachel Kelly ran her very first marathon - the London Marathon, and generously decided to run on behalf of head and neck cancer.
"I ran the marathon in 4 hours and 9 minutes. I was very pleased with myself because it was my first one and I had only been training for 8 weeks due to a very bad ankle injury. I had a great physio though who managed to get me through it!
I am not a member of a running club either so I trained alone which took a lot of dedication I can tell you! Once you get past about 10 miles it's hard to find people willing to come with you! As I saw people sponsoring me online and all the money coming in it definitely made it that much easier."
We are delighted to report that, including Gift Aid, which was added to donations made through the Just Giving site that she set up, Rachel raised over £2,600.
On Sunday 9th October, hundreds of intrepid local athletes ran, jogged, walked (and in at least one notable case, hobbled) around the 26.2mile course that was this year's Liverpool Marathon.
We specifically want to say a very big "thank you" to the runners who chose to run to raise funds for head and neck cancer.
Richard Webster finished in a very impressive 2 hours, 59 minutes and 50 seconds - and raised over £400.
Despite nursing a calf muscle tear that he picked up in training just a couple of weeks before the event, Professor Simon Rogers completed the course in an incredible 3 hours and 31 minutes, raising a further £880.
"I survived... It ended up being a painful shuffle with the left hip playing up really badly and 4 or 5 new blisters (don't usually get blisters)...but I kept moving!
"The atmosphere and support from the crowd today was amazing...I recommend the challenge.
"Perhaps we could get a team together for next year as it is an achievement all participants will be proud of. I will have to mull over doing it again....but if there is a team I would find it hard to say no."
So, is anyone up for joining Simon for the Liverpool Half-Marathon in March?
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