A week after her 40th birthday, Jade Turner was supposed to be running the 40th London Marathon in aid of St Wilfrid’s. With the current Government restrictions however, the event was unfortunately postponed, but this didn’t stop Jade.

On Sunday 26th April, the day the London Marathon was due to be held, Jade ran the final leg of the marathon distance that she had been running over the course of the week, along with five others (virtually) from her running club, Run Wednesdays.

‘It was a lovely day’, she told me. ‘I started off with a starting line rainbow that my daughter had drawn with chalk and then I ran the final leg. We all Facetimed before we started and then we all started at the same time. The distance we ran on Sunday added up to a marathon between us as well.’

Not only had Jade’s children drawn out a beautiful starting line, but her training partner, Adam, had also made her a finish line, a medal and a goodie bag as well. He also played the London Marathon theme tune, 'The Trap', as she crossed the finish line. It was almost as if she was running the real thing!

‘It was perfect running weather,’ Jade said, ‘there was no wind, just a slight breeze and it wasn’t too hot but warm enough.’

It sounded like the perfect way to celebrate the day that the London Marathon would have been held, but why did Jade choose to run for St Wilfrid’s?

‘You’ve looked after friends and family members, including my aunty who died at the hospice. She was like a sister to me and you guys were amazing.

‘At first she was adamant that she didn’t want to go into a hospice or anything like that, but in the end she absolutely loved you and she was so grateful for the care that she received.

‘We always raise money for you. My children have done bake sales and they loved going in and presenting a big cheque; it encourages them to do more fundraising. We’re so appreciative of your support.’

Not only is she running the 40th London Marathon in her 40th birthday year, but she’s also supposed to be running the 40th Beachy Head Marathon too! ‘It all tied in it was such a coincidence.’ So how does she think she’s going to stay motivated until October?

‘The Monday after the marathon is supposedly called Blue Monday, because it’s an anti-climax after you’ve been training for so many months and then it’s all over in one day, but today I’m feeling quite positive. I’m motivated and I’m going to continue to run everyday, because it makes you feel good.’

‘I also want to keep my fitness up, because I will run it one day, even if it’s not October!’

Getting to this point has been a big journey for Jade, because when she first started she told me that she ‘couldn’t run to a lamppost’.

‘I’m so grateful for my running club and my running coach. He helped me to get up to a half marathon distance and now I can do a whole marathon. My long term aim is to do 50 miles, which is the South Downs Way. If I can do it, anyone can.’

To donate towards Jade's marathon in October, visit her JustGiving page here

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