March Athletic Club's Sue Ward runs 12 half marathons in 12 months for cystic fibrosis charity
March Athletic Club members took the the streets to support Sue Ward complete her 12th half marathon of 2021.
The cold and foggy conditions certainly didn’t dampen spirits on Sunday, with the runners cheered on around the 13.1-mile route by other club members.
Sue has ran a half marathon every month of 2021 in support of the Cystic Fibrosis charity Flutterby Fundraisers.
This is a small voluntary charity which works with communities across the UK to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and fund research into a successful treatment for the condition, which is being carried out by The UK CF Gene Therapy Consortium.
Sue sadly lost her son Mikey to this life-limiting condition ten years ago and feels passionately about helping others to benefit from the ongoing research into new treatments for the condition.
She has ran her half marathons throughout the year in the company of three or four other club runners at a time, but for her 12th and final one of the year she was joined over the course of the route by around 30 club members.
The route was formed of three loops through the streets of March, with each loop starting and finishing at the club’s Elm Road clubhouse so that members could choose to run one, two or three loops with Sue.
Some members opted to act as cycle support along the route, with Harry Littlemore and Diane Brown cycling the entire route.
Martyn Haynes achieved the milestone of completing his first ever half marathon distance by completing all three loops with Sue.
The finishers were met at the clubhouse with mulled wine, bacon rolls, mince pies and cake.
Sue has raised over £670 for this amazing charity with her running this year.
She says that if you are a runner you may have some insight into what living with the condition is like; she asks you to remember that race you took part in when you gave it everything you had, when you reached the finish line and couldn’t get enough air into your lungs, you were gasping for breath and someone gave you a bottle of water which you couldn’t possibly drink.
According to Sue, that is what it’s like for those living with cystic fibrosis 24 hours a day.
If anyone would like to donate to this charity to help research into cystic fibrosis treatments, her funding raising page can be found on Facebook.