When Lynne turned 50 this April she decided that the perfect way to mark this special birthday was with a 50 mile run from Manchester to Liverpool to fundraise for brainstrust! This run is Lynne’s longest challenge to date and she has so far raised an incredible £3,170 for brainstrust. Here Lynne shares her reasons for taking on this inspirational challenge and how it feels to have completed such an incredible milestone run.
What inspired me to take on the ultra
“Last year I sadly lost my very good friend Maria at the age of 55, she was such a fun loving person, with a huge zest for life and was totally gorgeous inside and out. She always championed my running adventures and supported my crazy achievements and would have been cheering me on all the way if she was here now. I turned 50 the same week as the 50 mile race so the timing was perfect. I had already completed a few marathons so I wanted a bigger challenge to mark my milestone birthday and raise lots of money in memory of my beautiful friend Maria.”
How I stayed motivated throughout the race
“I never thought about the whole distance as that would have been quite overwhelming. I broke it down into smaller chunks and just focused on getting to the next stage. I also had lots and lots of people out supporting me along the way which gave me a massive boost when things got tough. Maria’s husband and daughter were there too and I kept thinking that what I was doing was nowhere near as hard as what they had all been through over the last year or so.”
Reflecting on the challenge
“I feel amazing and so proud of myself. Training for such an event is a huge commitment which takes months of training through the winter, cold mornings, wet weekends etc but the training
paid off and my race went to plan and although it was tough at times, I really enjoyed it and feel amazing about what I’ve achieved.”
We are so grateful to Lynne for choosing to support brainstrust with this amazing challenge. The tenacity and courage our supporters show in their incredible fundraising efforts acts as a constant reminder of what we can achieve when we are united behind our belief in a better world for people with a brain tumour. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Lynne and everyone who donated for raising much needed funds. It’s thanks to your support that we are able to continue to ensure that people affected by a brain tumour have the support they need to live the life they want.
You can show your support for Lynne by visiting her JustGiving page here. If you’d like to donate directly to brainstrust, click here to visit our donate page.