Celebrating on the run! Donna’s story…
A lady from Baldock is celebrating her 50th birthday… by running the London Marathon!
Donna Fox began running four years ago… she’s gone from strength to strength, from the popular 0 – 5k app, to Race For Life and the London Marathon, with plenty of mud runs in between. She is determined to run a marathon to celebrate her 50th birthday, joining thousands of runners in London on 23 April.
Donna uses her determination and fitness to help good causes – she’ll be running the marathon to raise funds for The Herts MS Therapy Centre in Letchworth. “My step mum was diagnosed with MS 15 years ago,” says Dinna. “She stays very positive and it’s great to help a local charity who support people with MS. I’ve always wanted to run a marathon and with my big birthday coming up, I thought ‘it’s now or never’! I saw that The Herts MS Therapy Centre had places available and wanted to help them. It’s great to be able to put something back into the community.”
The Herts MS Therapy Centre welcomes people with MS and any other long term or neurological condition. Donna is one of five runners who are raising funds for the charity by undergoing the gruelling training and running 26.2 miles on the day. “Training on your own is hard,” says Donna. “I’ve booked several different races so that I’m running with other people as part of my training – and it’s great to know that the others running for The Herts MS Therapy Centre will be there on the day.”
Donna’s training has been time consuming and she has carried injuries along the way… but she keeps going. “The long training runs can be tedious and lonely. I persevere as I don’t want to let down the charity or myself,” she explains. “I also want to be an inspiration to my family – my children, mum and step mum have coped brilliantly with difficult challenges in life. I want to show them that if you put your mind and your energy into something, you can achieve it.”
Donna is a teaching assistant at St Mary’s Infant School in Baldock. “Everyone at school has been hugely supportive,” says Donna. “Children, parents and teachers have all been enthusiastic about the fundraising events I’ve organised, encouraging me to keep going.”
For Donna, there is a definite bonus involved with the exhausting training: “I love pasta, so the carb-loading that I need to do is fantastic!”
Now that we’re in April, the marathon will approach very quickly. “I’m excited and nervous,” says Donna. “I can’t wait to get on with the race. I won’t run another marathon as the training is so time consuming. But – I’ve signed up for the Great North Run in September and will keep going until my body says ‘enough’!”
Mark Boscher is Chief Executive at The Herts MS Therapy Centre. He adds: “We are grateful to everyone who is running for us – for the time and energy they are dedicating as well as their fundraising activities. Running 26.2 miles is an amazing achievement. We’re very excited about the race and hope that our runners enjoy the fantastic atmosphere on the day.”
If you would like to contribute to Donna’s fundraising for The Herts MS Therapy Centre, please, visit her Virgin Money Giving web page. Thank you.
Three of our 2017 runners. Donna Fox Nick Gardner and Vicky Okell