Back in March, Sally Cook, Practice Manager at Kesson Physiotherapy Service in Faversham, was busy training for her first London Marathon, in aid of Catching Lives. Her nephew, Luke Mumford, was a student at Canterbury University and would regularly help the homeless, always endeavouring to make their difficult lives a little more comfortable. Luke tragically lost his life in a car accident aged just 20 in 2016. He was Sally’s inspiration and reason for choosing Catching Lives as her nominated charity.
Of course, Coronavirus and the ensuing lock down then intervened and the marathon was postponed. We all expected things to get back to normal in a few months; it was rescheduled for October 4th and Sally continued with her training. However, as that date got nearer, the goal-posts were moved once more and it was announced the event could only be run in London by elite runners only.
Of course, this is disappointing, but the good news is Sally’s training is not to be in vain as non-elite runners can take part by running another route.
Sally, who turned 50 in July, admitted she had found the training very tough over the summer. “I’ll be truthful in saying that I have struggled with the heat and the motivation,” she told us. “However, I am committed to running the marathon – albeit not what I had hoped for – and will be using the measured distance on the Thanet Coastal Marathon route. I have been lucky enough to gain a place through the ballot system which will rollover to April 2022 when the London Marathon will take place as it normally would.”
We’re thrilled that Sally has chosen to run in aid of Catching Lives and we do hope the Marathon does take place in London in 2022 and she can take part. In the meantime, if you would like to sponsor Sally and raise funds to help the homeless please follow the link below.