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Giving Nessie the run around

Amateur runner, and Worldwide Cancer Research staff member, Stacey Galfskiy powered her way through the River Ness 10K at this year’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running.

The centuries-old legend of the Loch Ness Monster is a world-renowned story. Along with the breathtaking beauty of the area, it has been responsible for attracting visitors to this fascinating part of Scotland for many years.  But last weekend there was another reason to lure people to the area: The Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running.

Stacey eagerly told us “I joined the Worldwide Cancer Research staff running club in April, even though I’d never even jogged before.  After doing some training I ran a charity 5K in May and I won’t lie, it was really tough! But I loved that I could raise funds for charity AND keep fit so I continued running twice weekly all summer, and the River Ness 10K was actually the most brilliant experience.”

She continued enthusiastically “It was a lovely sunny day as we drove up and my best friend waited by the finish line for me, high fiving all the runners as they passed by. The whole race route was dotted with members of the public and charity volunteers cheering on the runners, handing out jelly sweeties and generally keeping you going.  I enjoyed the whole run as my fitness had vastly improved, I’m happier with the way I look and feel, and the best part is that I get to raise funds for causes I believe in!

I’d urge anyone to take on the challenge of a charity run, take it at your own pace, and enjoy the energy of the crowd around you!

If you feel inspired to take on a charity challenge event like this and raise money for a worthy cause then why not sign up to team Worldwide Cancer Research for next year’s Loch Ness Marathon or the Athens or Amsterdam marathons?

If the idea of you managing a 10K, let alone a marathon, is as likely as you seeing the Loch Ness Monster, then there are many other ways to get involved and join our fundraising community.  Please visit our fundraising pages to find out more.