The CLIC Sargent Running team's star of the month for March is Tracey Brown.
Below Tracey talks about why she chose to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon to support children and young people with cancer and their families.
Setting myself a challenge
'On the 1 January 2013 I decided to take up running - as a complete novice and weighing 11st 5lb - aiming to get fit and healthy, and get back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 8st 10lbs.
'I found as I entered each race my running distance and pace were increasing, so I decided to set myself the biggest challenge, and in June 2013, entered the Edinburgh Marathon.
'Nearly 14 months later, and with three to four runs a week, I am three stone lighter back to my pre pregnancy weight and running as many races as I can and trying to raise as much as I can for CLIC Sargent.
Taking part and running for CLIC Sargent is my way of showing support and thanking the charity.
'As a busy mum to a five and half and three and a half year old, my runs are in the evening when the girls are in bed. Most of the time it’s dark, cold and often raining, but I am determined and my marathon preparations are well and truly underway.
'My fundraising is 66% of the way there, with £190 from the total raised by myself from fundraising events and ideas and the remainder £140 from online donations. I have a further fundraising event taking place on the 7 March which I am hoping will let me get nearer to my target of £500, which I’m hoping to exceed!”
Where I find my inspiration
'There are hundreds of charities to choose to fundraise for but I chose CLIC Sargent as I felt I needed to give something back to the charity, as a way of saying thank you for the support my friends’ have received.
'One day their lovely little boy got sick. The doctor sent him for blood tests at hospital and then, three hours later they were told he had leukaemia and had to go to hospital immediately.
'My friend told me how she felt helpless, overwhelmed, without knowledge and so very afraid. All of this is a fraction of what happened in hospital but while the treatment was bad, the prognosis was good.
'The support they have received from CLIC Sargent has been invaluable; they gave them accommodation near the hospital, access to nurses and information. They helped fill out forms and every week their nurses come to their home to take blood, so that their son didn’t have to spend even more time in hospital.
'Taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon and running for CLIC Sargent is my way of showing support and thanking the charity as well as to raise awareness and as much money as possible.'
If you have been inspired by Tracey's story, then join the fantastic CLIC Sargent running team for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2014 and help raise funds for children and young people with cancer.
Sign up today and be a part of our team for this exciting event.
Find out more
For more information about how you can take part in an upcoming running event for CLIC Sargent, please contact our Running Events team on 0845 602 4770 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.