Name: Terri Creaser
“I’d love to take on a massive challenge next year to further fundraise as a family. My husband and I are aiming to run 2018 miles between us to continue fundraising for Children with Cancer UK, including running a few marathons between us.
“My daughter was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour, a kidney cancer, at just 20 months old in 2014. I had been pregnant during her cancer and felt pretty useless so I promised, as soon as I was able to, I’d fundraise for charity. To date, my family and I have raised around £10000 for various children’s cancer charities through running events.
“I feel that I have unfinished business with marathon running; each time I’ve hit a huge mental wall at 20 miles and walked/ran, despite physically being prepared.
“I would love to take on the huge challenge of another marathon and finally win the mental battle that the marathon holds for me. If I can finally beat my marathon demons, smashing them in the process, I will feel that nothing can beat me. And I would proudly run every step for my little warrior, who has battled so much more at just five years old than most adults do in a lifetime.
“I first took up running in 2015 to raise money for cancer charities after my daughter was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour. I had never run before and it was definitely a shock how unfit I was at that time.
“Shortly after my daughter’s cancer diagnosis, my husband was diagnosed with depression that continued after she entered remission and the birth of our second child. That depression made his work life pretty unmanageable and we were made homeless just before Christmas in 2015. We’ve been in temporary housing since then. I was so proud that despite this I was able to run the London Marathon in 2016, raising over £2000 for Children with Cancer UK, and ran for them again in 2017 with my sister-in-law, raising another £4000.
“Running is my mental release and it has helped me get through every obstacle.
“I’m not the fastest runner but eager to improve. I try to run three to four times a week and enjoy strength training on top of that.”
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