Ella Brocklebank: I’m gearing up for my first of two marathons on Sunday!

Posted on 10/04/15

As the Brighton Marathon approaches this weekend I took a look back through my training diary and realised that I have run 400 miles in preparation for the big day on Sunday. When I say 400 miles, I mean 400 miles exactly, yes I have recorded every single mile over the past 14 weeks; marathon training sends you a little crazy like that!! To me, running really is the perfect metaphor for life, as I believe Oprah Winfrey once said. You certainly do get out what you put in and I am feeling ready and excited to take on the 26.2 mile challenge on Sunday.

For those who don’t know me I’m a long-term supporter of Pilgrims Hospices and a keen runner (a few people I know would say ‘obsessed’ but I’d prefer to think of it as dedicated!). I will be taking on both the Brighton and London Marathons this month, 2 marathons within 2 weeks, to raise much need funds for this amazing local charity in memory of my Dad. My Dad passed away in the care of the Canterbury Pilgrims Hospices in 2012 just 3 weeks after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. The care and support shown to us all at this time was exceptional. In 2013 I undertook 13 running and cycling events, which came to be known as ‘Ella’s Magic 13’ covering 250 miles which raised a humbling £11,000 for Pilgrims Hospices and was my way of saying ‘thank you’. Subsequently I was honoured to be awarded the ‘Contribution to the Community’ and ‘Inspirational Business Woman of the Year’ awards at the Kent Women in Business Awards 2014 in recognition of this.

So this year I’m back fundraising with my double marathon challenge. Having completed the 13 events in 2013 I knew I had to ‘raise the bar’ once again and one marathon wasn’t enough. I regularly get the comments “you must be mad” or “how/why do you do it?” The why is simple; it’s a way of life for me and a vital part of my (busy) routine. I love the freedom of running, of pushing my mind and body to see what it’s capable of and ultimately to be able to do this to generate money to help others. It really is an honour to be able to take something I love and use it to raise vital funds for a charity so close to my heart. As for the ‘how’? well for me that’s pretty easy too. You just get out there and do it. You choose to be able to and I strongly believe you can do anything in life if you put your mind to it. I will be very proud to stand on the start line of both marathons and run for Pilgrims Hospices. Once again the support shown for my challenge has been truly humbling and I really would like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far with very kind words of support, encouragement and very generous donations. Every penny is appreciated and really does do great work in supporting the terminally ill and their families across East Kent. Every £25 raised provides a hour of specialist nursing care to someone in their time of great need. It is so vital we all do our part to ensure this remarkable service is here for many years to come. Any support is greatly appreciated…

Blog written by Ella Brockleback from Woodley Coles LLP

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