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Running the Berlin Marathon for Breast Cancer Now - Part 2
Hear from Heather Allan on being part of the team gearing up to run the Berlin Marathon

On the 27th November 2018 I signed up for my first ever marathon, but I feel some context to this decision is needed. Before I signed up for this marathon, I had never run more than 2 miles (with breaks).

The driving force behind this decision was the fact that the MRN is running for charity. I have been volunteering for multiple organisations since secondary school and have always wanted to do something big for a great cause. I remember being asked at work (as a joke I am sure) if I would run the Berlin marathon. I had a long conversation with my personal trainer that night, who promised it would be hard work but told me I was more than capable. So, I went home and signed up.

I woke up in the morning thinking have I had made a huge mistake. This feeling was reinforced by my family who all said: “do you mean Dominic is running a marathon?”. That’s my annoyingly gifted partner who casually rocks out 3 miles without breaking a sweat versus me, who comes back from a stop-start two miles, looking like a beetroot and having to take an hour nap afterwards

Yet, here I am in July, having run two half marathons (without breaks), telling you that anyone could do this if you have the heart for it. Am I following a strict training plan? No. Should I be? Yes. Have I stopped drinking wine? No. But I am enjoying the experience of training for a marathon and have made some great training partners along the way – both old friends and new.

Now the self-absorbed section is over. The real reason that five employees of the MRN are doing this is to support Breast Cancer Now. I am sure most people, in some shape or form, have been affected by cancer within their family, or amongst friends. These incredible, globally-reaching charities rely on the generosity of the public to continue their work. The charity sector is desperately in need of passionate people to support their causes.

Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity and they are dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease. I quote from their website: “more than 80% of women who develop breast cancer will now live beyond five years. 40 years ago, before it was only around half. Yet this year more than 50,000 women will be told they have the disease. And every 45 minutes, a woman loses her life to it.”

So, although it’s a big undertaking, I’m privileged to be able to run (hopefully) the Berlin Marathon for an amazing charity. And I would encourage anyone who is scared to run, for whatever reason, to go out and try it. We all know that life is unpredictable, so when an opportunity to try something new, to help a charity or even an individual, just say yes!

We'd love if you could help us reach our total of £5000 for Breast Cancer Now, if you'd like to you can donate here.

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Toby Heath
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