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Running the London Marathon for Avenues

Katrina Copping, talks about why she’s running the London Marathon next April for Avenues and how she plans to reach her £1000 target.  

I previously worked at Avenues as a fundraiser and I still help out from time to time. I’ve seen loads of people do great things to raise money for Avenues so when I found out there was the opportunity to do the London marathon I decided to go for it.

Let me start by saying, I am not a great runner. For health reasons there have been times I couldn’t walk up a hill. I do park runs every weekend now and I’ve done the Great North Run, but this will be my first marathon. I never thought I’d be running a marathon and it feels like a massive achievement. I know I won’t be particularly fast so I’m going to run dressed as Tigger, to make it more fun!

I think Avenues do incredible work to support people, and that’s why I decided to raise the money. I am going to donate it to Avenues East leisure services, as I’ve seen the positive impact they have on people’s lives.

I’m asking for sponsorship for the marathon and holding a number of events including a fun run, a coffee morning and a laughter yoga workshop. I hope that with the money raised through these events, I’ll be able to reach and hopefully exceed my £1000 target.

The marathon is 26.2 miles and I know preparing for it is going to be tough. I’ve already put a training programme together, which includes three runs a week and two or three gym sessions. Although I know it’s going to be challenging, I know it will be worth it and I hope it will inspire others to do something they enjoy to raise some money. If I can do it, anyone can.

Sponsor Katrina.