The CLIC Sargent Running Team's star of the month for April is Carolyn Pinnock.
Carolyn and her friend Megan Stringer are taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 to raise funds for CLIC Sargent in memory of Carolyn’s son, Matthew, who died aged 22 in December 2012.
Running in memory of Matthew
Carolyn takes up the story:
"Matthew was a spirited and fun loving young man, who enjoyed and lived everyday as if it was his last; achieving and doing so much in his 22 years. Anything and everything was possible for him. He was in his final year at Loughborough University, fit and strong, and a very keen sportsman. In January 2012, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. We were all devastated.
"Matthew suffered this awful disease for 11 months but remained hopeful, cheerful and determined throughout. A remarkable young man and I am so very proud of him.
'Throughout this time, Matthew and our family received invaluable help from CLIC Sargent, and their support still continues.
"Meg and I have talked about running the London Marathon for the past 10 years and it became a standing joke amongst family and friends! However after Matthew lost his battle, the challenge of the marathon provided an ideal way to fundraise for CLIC Sargent, achieve our goal and give me something to focus on whilst trying to cope with my grief.
"We joined a local running group, Rushden Runners, in May 2013 and embarked on a 0-5k beginners course. The first week we ran one minute, walked one minute for an hour, and it was a shock to the system! Training has been tough and it takes over your life; long weekend runs have been particularly hard. With only two weeks to go, I am very nervous and my stomach does somersaults when I think about Sunday 13 April. However I'm hoping the atmosphere on the day, support from my family and friends, and of course, Matthew, will spur me on to the finish line."
Charity ball raises £15,000
Carolyn has been very resourceful when it has come to fundraising and recently hosted a charity ball titled 'Diamonds are forever' which raised just short of £15,000 – an amazingly successful event which is a testament to Carolyn’s hard work.
Carolyn will run the Virgin Money London Marathon with her friend Megan Stringer and Matthew’s best friend Aaron Weekley on Sunday 13 April.
If you have been inspired by Carolyn’s story, then sign up to take part in a run for CLIC Sargent and help raise funds for children and young people with cancer.