A HARTLEPOOL woman is planning to run 26 miles in the world’s most famous marathon.
Kathryn Jacques, 27, is running the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 26, for the Anthony Nolan cause.
She said: “I am aiming to raise £1,850 in total to support their amazing work. The London Marathon will be my first marathon.
“At school, I was pretty awful at sport and didn’t really have the confidence to try very hard but I started to run when I began working in London as I found that it was a good way to de-stress.
“I haven’t looked back. I started off with 10K races and then progressed to half-marathons and here I am, taking on the biggest challenge of all.
“I remember watching the London Marathon on television when I was a lot younger and thinking to myself that it was something I wanted to do in my lifetime.
“I’ve applied for a place for the last three years with no luck so I’m delighted that 2015 is my year.
“Friends suggested that I ran Paris or Amsterdam marathon, but I think there’s something special about running a marathon in your own capital city.”
Kathryn started training in Hartlepool over Christmas and did a lot of running along Seaton sea front.
“Last weekend, I ran 13 miles. I hadn’t planned for it to be quite so long, but I managed to get lost, which ended up adding on three miles. I feel the real test will come when I’m doing 16, 18 and 20 mile runs on consecutive weekends.”
She explained why she chose the Anthony Nolan cause: “There are so many fantastic charities and worthy causes which I’d love to help, but I chose Anthony Nolan because of what happened back in 2011.
“I joined the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register in 2009, when I was still at university.
“In 2011, I was called up as a potential match. After taking some blood tests, I was told that I was a match but the charity wasn’t taking the match forward, though they couldn’t give me the reason why.
“At the time, I assumed that it was because the person was either too sick, or had passed away, and that has stayed with me.
“I see this as an opportunity to support the charity in another way.”
Anyone wanting to support her should visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KathrynJacques