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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

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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.

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)

Charlie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma and the tumour was removed on 5th of the 5th 2005 – a date I will always remember.

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!