Running for Guy's and St Thomas' at Royal Parks

16.03.16 Categories: Cancer Centre Appeal, Supporter stories,

Images: [above] Sue Smith with her two daughters [below] Sue after the Silverstone Half Marathon

Sue Smith ran the Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday 13 March in a time of 2:07:20 which is her new personal best - knocking 1 minute 25 seconds off her best time. She also achieved new personal bests in her 10k, 15k and 10 mile times too.She's now even more motivated to hit her target of under 2 hours for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in October. Sue will be running the Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday 20 March, which means she'll have completed two half marathons in two weeks. Well done, Sue!

Sue is fundraising for Guy's and St Thomas' because her friend, Gary Saunders, has been treated at the hospital for stage II testicular cancer. Thankfully he's beaten it twice in one year due to the care and expertise of oncologist Simon Chowdhury and his team. 

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Sue after the Silverstone Half MarathonSue says, ‘Gary is indebted to Simon Chowdhury, his consultant oncologist at Guy’s, and his colleagues for their skill and excellence, which helped him to fight and survive this terrible disease twice in one year. Gary, his wife Lucy, his son Thomas and their wider family will be forever grateful to them.’

Sue is 36 and lives in Essex with her husband, Neil, their two girls Emma, 7, and Amy, 5, and started running a year ago.

‘My first 5k took me over 39 minutes, and since then I have surprised myself as to how much I enjoy running and how much healthier and fitter I am. I ran a few races last year - 5k's, 10k's, Mud Runs - finishing with a half marathon at the end of the year with a time of 2 hours 8 minutes.’

We’re grateful that Sue has turned her efforts to supporting Guy’s and St Thomas’ in her running challenges, and she aims to raise £600 for the hospital.

Eight half marathons for Guy's and St Thomas'

‘I have set myself a challenge of completing eight half marathons between March and October, finishing at the amazing Royal Parks Half Marathon in London. I want to be able to get a time of under two hours, with Gary’s and Simon’s support.’

Sue has a fundraising tip for other supporters who are looking to raise money for Guy’s and St Thomas’.

‘Ensure that you let everyone know what you are planning and how your training is going. My friends and family have all been very supportive of my challenge and using social media is a great tool to let others know what you are going to achieve.’

 And make sure you get in contact with the Fundraising Team!

‘Since day one of me contacting them, they have been very supportive and have offered lots of advice.’

We’ll be cheering Sue on at Royal Parks in October. Why not join us?