“I’ll be crying all the way to the finish line”: Angie’s London Marathon story

“Throughout the last few months of my beautiful mum-in-law Marian’s life, Sue Ryder Nurses were on call 24/7,” writes Angie Lund. “They ensured Marian's dignity remained intact, kept her totally pain free, gave us ongoing advice, and took her wishes about her care into consideration throughout. It is for this reason, in Marian’s memory, that I want to give something back by running the London Marathon.”

Angie Lund and family
Angie's late mum-in-law Marian took "great joy" from being with her large family.
Marian Lund with one of her great-grandchildren
Marian Lund with one of her great-grandchildren
Angie Lund and her late mum-in-law who died at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice
Angie with Marian at a performance of 'Dirty Dancing'.

My beautiful mum-in-law Marian was a strong, independent woman who, along with her husband Norman, raised five children.

Norman sadly passed away when their youngest child was only in her teens but Marian kept the family together and was always very protective of all of them, even when they were all in adulthood.

Marian adored her family and thrived on family gatherings; having all her children and 11 grandchildren with her gave her pure joy!

My late mum-in-law Marian’s story

Sadly, Marian passed away in 2016 following the late prognosis of pancreatic cancer.

Throughout the last few months of her life, Sue Ryder Nurses at Wheatfields Hospice were on call 24/7 and gave such amazing support to us all. They ensured Marian's dignity remained intact throughout, kept her totally pain free, gave us ongoing advice and support, and took Marian's wishes into consideration with every decision they made about her care. We were all in awe of their commitment to making sure Marian's last few weeks were as comfortable as possible, right to the end.

We can't thank them enough. It is for this reason, in Marian’s memory, that I want to give something back by running the London Marathon.

Like most end of life care providers, Sue Ryder runs 100% on charity donations. A sad reality, I know, but it is what it is and, without your generosity, our precious family members wouldn't be cared for as well as we'd want and expect.

I'm committed to training really hard through the winter months and getting across the finish line in this prestigious event – I won't let you, my generous donors, or Sue Ryder down, I promise!

“The higher the mileage, the more cake I eat”

10 weeks to go – eeek! How did that happen? One minute I had a few months, now I only have a few weeks… The best thing about the training right now is my rule of ‘the higher the mileage, the more cake I get to eat’.

As I write, it’s Monday afternoon and I’m sat at my desk, working away, slurping coffee and eating a huge slice of triple chocolate cake – no guilt felt whatsoever because I completed an 18-mile run this weekend… Boom!

So, how has my training been going? Well, apart from struggling to get out of bed on a morning (nothing new there then!) and making strange noises whilst going up and down the stairs, I’d say it’s going pretty well.

In reality, I’ve been training full-on since July last year so my body is getting used to the constant strain of pounding the pavements and, more recently, the ‘horrendous’ core strengthening sessions I’m having at the gym. (Is it just me or do most people hate core exercises?)

“I’ll be crying all the way to the finish line”

As a bit of background, I ran the London Marathon back in 2015 so know what to expect.

I know I will be overwhelmed with the outpouring of support on the day, I also know this will keep me going throughout.

I know that I won’t listen to any music while running because I’ll be too busy taking everything in on the day – the strange costumes, people partying, runners drinking the odd can of gin and tonic (I kid you not!), being offered jelly babies (nom nom) and high-fiving as many people as I can along the way!

I know that as I’m running towards Buckingham Palace, the emotions will surface and I’ll cry the rest of the way to the finish line.

I also know I’ll get a medal and the biggest hug ever at the end from one of the volunteers. I’ll then get my goody bag, eat the lovely chocolate, limp over to my hubby, cry again and feel proud of our joint achievement of running and raising money for a fabulous charity – Sue Ryder, who gave the highest standard of end of life care to my beautiful mother-in-law we could ever have wished for.

In terms of fundraising, it’s starting to pick up – lots of things are going to plan and my fundraising managers (hubby and niece) have had another meeting today to finalise their strategy! I’m also getting some great support from work, so I have every confidence that we will not only hit target but overachieve.

Wish me luck!

Now you’ve read my story, it would mean the world to me if you’d do your bit and sponsor my marathon challenge for Sue Ryder

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Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice supporter Angie Lund who is running the London Marathon 2019

Daughter-in-law of patient and London Marathon runner

Angie Lund

Angie's mum-in-law Marian died at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in 2016. She is taking on the London Marathon 2019 in her memory.