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Marathon challenge for hospice fundraiser Olivia

A local woman will be racing around the streets of London on Sunday 26 April to help the care, support and activities at Eden Valley Hospice. This year’s London Marathon will be special for Olivia McGuiness as she remembers loved ones and supports the local charity.

Olivia, 23 from Carlisle, explains,

“The hospice is very close to my family. My Grandpa was cared for at Eden Valley Hospice before he sadly passed away. He received incredible care and love whilst he was in the hospice. I run for him!

“I took part in the London Marathon two years ago and it was an incredible experience. I feel very grateful to have a ballot place this year, which has given me the opportunity to support Eden Valley Hospice. When you see a family member of friends in the crowd cheering you along, it means absolutely everything to me knowing I have the support around me.”

Every runner taking part in this year’s London Marathon will have their own memory, reasons and purpose for completing the 26.2mile course. Whether it is to set a personal best time or to raise money in aid of charity they will all create memories which will last a lifetime.

Olivia continued,

“The hardest part of a marathon is hitting ‘the wall’. You feel like it is impossible to continue because your body is in so much physical pain and you are mentally exhausted. This will be my fourth marathon and it actually does not get any easier.

“I have raised over £3,500 over the past few years by running. The half marathons and full marathons I have taken part in are the Manchester Half Marathon, Great Cumbrian Run, Manchester Marathon, London Marathon, Muttenz Half Marathon (Switzerland), Lausanne Marathon (Switzerland). This year, in addition to running the London Marathon, I will also be running the Rhodes Marathon in May.”

The money raised by Olivia at the London Marathon will help the local charity to provide care, support and activities to local people with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion are extended to all the patient’s families, friends and carers. If you would like to sponsor Olivia as she undertakes the iconic marathon in aid of Eden Valley Hospice, please click here.

Olivia concluded,

“I am currently working in Switzerland and training in the Alps is definitely a challenge with the altitude and hills. I have also started a running group with the students in Switzerland, last year we took part in the Basel marathon and this year the goal is Rhodes.

“Sign up for a challenge you initially think impossible. By having a goal in mind you are challenging yourself, and becoming the best version of yourself by striving to achieve this. I signed up for my first marathon on the day of my first half marathon. I was in agony after 13 miles, but I wanted to push myself further and double the distance.”