Newsletter Signup x

Running for Lucy

I ran the 2013 London Marathon for my beautiful and brave little cousin Lucy and was lucky enough to get a place in the 2014 London Marathon too. Lucy was diagnosed with a brain tumour on 16 February 2012.

If you would like to run for us in 2019, visit our London Marathon event page! Run the 2019 London Marathon

A mother holding up her child

Lucy’s story

Lucy spent seven months in Birmingham Children’s Hospital and has one of only 10 known cases of this tumour in the world. Lucy had to have a second operation a few months ago to once again remove as much as they could of the growing tumour. She fights her little heart out every day, nearly always with a smile and a wave. Her resilience and spirit are inspirational.

A marathon runner

My race dates for this year

I’m running just over 240 miles this year, without training runs. That’s from Birmingham to Truro in Cornwall!

  • Milton Keynes Half in March
  • Virgin Money London Marathon in April
  • Holly 30 mile ultra in June
  • The Grim Reaper Ultra 40 mile in August, three weeks later Enigma reverse double marathon
  • Great North Run in September, three weeks later the Berlin Marathon
  • Birmingham Half in October
  • Sunrise to sunset in December.

I’m not one of those amazingly skinny, fit runners – this is hard for me! I raised £4,335 last year and am hoping to raise £2,000 plus this year. If I have a bad moment when I’m running, Lucy is always at the forefront of my mind. Children with Cancer UK are a great charity to run for and it’s great to be part of their team.

Helping more families

I know the pain we’ve gone through as a family, so if that money could stop someone receiving that call we did – because we’ve had more research or more treatments – that would be amazing. For me, brain tumours are a large part of our world. To be able to stop that happening to just one less family would be a massive part for me.

(Anjie Carless)

Run with us!

From 5k to marathons and triathlons, we have a wide range of running events to suit all abilities in the UK and overseas. All of our runners receive a Runners’ Pack containing training and fundraising information, as well as a specially designed running vest.

Check all our running events!


Newsletter icon

Know someone who might be interested in fundraising?

Email this page to a friend!

Preserving fertility for boys treated for cancer before puberty

One of the major long-term effects for boys needing cancer treatment before puberty is infertility. This project is ...

Read more

New tools to improve treatment and care in paediatric craniopharyngioma

Children affected by the brain tumour known as ACP can have a positive future, but in many cases ...

Read more

Research Stories – Fertility preservation for cancer patients

With your support we’re funding the first UK centre to establish a fertility preservation programme to store testicular ...

Read more