Actress Karen Blick, a Yorkshire lass born and bred who's currently starring in Emmerdale, is running the London Marathon 2018 in support of her local Sue Ryder hospice. She blogs about her motivations here.
I'm running the 2018 London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in memory of our family friend Margaret Banks.
I met Margaret when I was 11 years old through our mutual involvement in the youth movement the Woodcraft Folk. Margaret was a fun, feisty, politically active, no-nonsense, straight-talking Yorkshire woman, and a truly inspirational friend.
I really wanted to support Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice as a thank you for all the care they provided to Margaret and her family. She was in the hospice only for 12 hours, but they actually cared for her for 14 months.
She was very supportive when I decided to pursue a career as an actress. We always kept in touch and I think running the London Marathon is my way to pay tribute to a great woman and a dear friend.
Why the London Marathon?
I always wanted to run the London Marathon – it's on my bucket list. I've been watching the London Marathon on TV since I was a child in the 80s.
You can feel the buzz. The atmosphere must be magic. Even when I bring up the route on my iPad, I get emotional!
I ran the Great North a couple of years ago for Manorlands Hospice and when I saw that they still had some places left for this year’s marathon, I just signed up without thinking. It’s a real challenge, but not so much the running; more psychologically as you have to find the energy to motivate yourself to keep going.
"Fans' tweets boost my morale"
I read on a tweet recently that "When your legs get tired, run with your heart"; what a great phrase! Fans have been really supportive. I have received some lovely messages on Twitter and this helps a lot, especially when you are struggling to keep going. Sometimes when I feel physically really tired, someone will tweet and it will boost my morale.
The cast at Emmerdale have also been incredibly supportive. I'm part of a running club going out every Tuesday and Thursday and I go running weekends too. On the last run I managed 12 miles and my next challenge is go up to 16 miles!
It’s not easy to juggle work, family and training for the marathon but, once I'm there, I know all this hard work will pay off.