Megan Huseyin, an Internal Auditor for Barclays, lives in Hornchurch with her partner Daryl and their one-year-old son Freddie. Megan has signed up to run the London Marathon in October in memory of her mother-in-law Mandy who was cared for by Saint Francis Hospice. She has already smashed her fundraising target and so far she has raised an incredible £2,380. Megan told us about her challenge.
I enjoy keeping fit and my son Freddie helps as he keeps me on my toes. For about 5 years now I have really found a love for running and the Marathon has always seemed like something so out of reach.
I kept applying for the normal London Marathon ballot but was never successful until this year when I felt I had a true reason and meaning to run the marathon for Saint Francis Hospice and managed to secure a gold bond place.
In August last year I lost my mother-in-law Mandy to a very short battle with cancer. Saint Francis Hospice were there for Mandy at the end of her life. The Hospice also cared for Mandy’s mum many years before that.
I feel that if there is ever a reason to run the Marathon and raise money for such a great charity like this, then this is the time to do it!
Saint Francis Hospice has a special place in our family’s heart and we are so grateful for the charity and everything it does for people and their families. The staff and volunteers truly are real life heroes.
A recent training high was completing a half marathon in around 2 hours 26 minutes. I’m hoping to get this time down over the next 6 months!
It was a bit of a shock to the body but I had Mandy in my ear cheering me on every step of the way and I know she will be there with me on the big day, never allowing me to give up.
I’m extremely excited for the London Marathon day and can’t stop thinking about it! Although, I have a very long way to go before I am ready for it. I’m looking forward to the entire atmosphere and the way these types of events bring different cultures together and brings out the best in people!
I cannot wait to know what it feels like to cross that finish line and see my son and family waiting for me!
This will be one of my biggest achievements as I’ve never been a runner until recently and to know that not only have I just ran the London Marathon but I’ve raised a huge amount of money for a charity that’s doing so much good for local people.