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Angie's story

Why I'm running London Marathon 2020 for Worldwide Cancer Research

11th December 2019

We recently caught up with Angie Hough who will be running the epic London Marathon in 2020 on behalf of Worldwide Cancer Research. We asked Angie how her training and fundraising is going.

My Dad died from cancer last year, so I'm running in his memory. When I got the call to offer me the space, it was totally out of the blue - and the day before the anniversary of my Dad’s death, so I felt it was meant to be. I also run a lot, and was keen to take on the iconic London Marathon!

I really wanted to run for a cancer charity that focused on a range of cancers as my Dad sadly suffered from four. The fact that Worldwide Cancer Research fund projects all over the globe also appealed to me, and being smaller charity, I felt they could really use the support.

How's your training and fundraising going so far?

My training is going really well. I’m in a local running group, and I am up to a half marathon so I’m feeling ahead of the plan.

I've fundraised in lots of different ways and I'm still thinking of how else to get more sponsorship for the charity! 

I contacted local rotary clubs and asked if they could sponsor each and every mile I run, on the day. Two rotary clubs are now giving me £5 or £10 per mile. I’ve also approached some local businesses - I told them my story and the charity I was running for and one has sponsored me £100 so far.

Via my own social media, I've invited people to sponsor a mile in memory of a loved one and I've created an online fundraising page. I’m running a bingo card where people can purchase a number – the winner will get £150 and the charity will receive £150.

I’m also in the process of organising a bake sale and I've asked friends and family to help with baking as well as looking for other ways to increase my fundraising, including quiz nights and race nights - so you could really say I've covered all bases!

What are you most looking forward to about the marathon?

I have made friends who run locally and we’re starting the marathon together. It will also be nice to meet others running for Worldwide Cancer Research on the day.

Do you have a running playlist?

I don’t listen to music when I run - I really enjoy the peace running brings, and the scenery. Running really helped me when I felt low when I lost my Dad.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Angie for her dedication in running London Marathon for us and her amazing fundraising efforts.

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