Marathon Members of Staff Raise Thousands
Wednesday 25 April 2018

Starting in Brighton

Catherine Bradshaw, ODP and Training & Development Co-ordinator at North Downs, ran the Brighton Marathon on Sunday, 15 April and has currently raised over £1,000 for Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research). She ran the marathon in memory of her mother.

Catherine said “I can hands down say that even though it was brutal and it hurt in places that I didn’t think it could hurt, it was definitely up there with one of the best days of my life. I have made the most precious memories and I most certainly made my mum proud. My time was slower than I originally wanted (wanted a sub 5 but got 5:21), but that’s because after the first 2 miles I decided time didn’t matter. I made the most of the day – highed fived the kids (and adults!!), chatted to so many people and heard their inspiring stories and took in the most phenomenal atmosphere.

And then on to London

Joanne Parish, Admissions Assistant at North Downs, ran the London Marathon on 22 April and completed the course in 5 hours 27 minutes which is amazing given the heat.

Joanne said “It was tough out there and miles 13-15 were hard but I had amazing support around the course and also knowing so many of you were tracking me at home meant so much to me.   The atmosphere up there was just incredible, I have been a supporter up there before but running it is just a completely different experience.   Turning into the mall with the finish line in sight made it all worthwhile.

Joanne raised £2763.40 on her justgiving page in aid of local resident Sumner Malik who has been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). DIPG is a terminal, paediatric form of brain tumour.

Well done to both ladies.  What a wonderful effort and North Downs Hospital is very proud of you both!

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