From snow to sea: nurse Anne's marathon journey

Anne, a Research Nurse at our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, battled sub-zero training runs to take part in the Brighton Marathon and raise over £1,500 to be there for local people in Gloucestershire when it really matters. Here she talks about her #TeamIncredible experience.

Anne running past in her Sue Ryder vest at the Brighton Marathon
Anne at the Brighton Marathon

When I signed up to run the Brighton Marathon, I was unsure about trying to raise money again, having fundraised on a couple of previous occasions. However, when I told family and friends I was planning to do a marathon, their initial response of ‘Why?’ was quickly followed by ‘Who are you raising money for?’

All part of the job

I decided that I would once again try to raise as much money as I could for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Cheltenham, where I have worked as a Research Nurse since 2012. 

Anne with other runners in the background

My job means that I care for patients with life-threatening illnesses who are in research studies that aim to improve their symptoms and quality of life.

I love working at the hospice and feel extremely fortunate to work with a team of wonderful people who make such a difference at the most challenging times in a person’s life.

To continue to provide this care, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court needs to raise around £2.5 million per year. I wanted to be a small part of that.

Training gets tough

Running a marathon was a huge challenge for me, and 26.2 miles felt way out of my comfort zone.

My training took place through a cold, fairly snowy winter with some of my long runs taking place in sub-zero temperatures.

Anne braves the snow on her training runs
Anne braves the snow on her training runs

I got used to battling the wind chill, and accepted that I wouldn’t be able to feel my hands and feet most of the time I was running! There was one thing that kept me going and that was thinking about raising money for a fantastic cause.

Training was tough, but sharing my experiences via social media and writing regular updates on my JustGiving page kept me motivated and really helped me to fundraise. 

The big day

The marathon route in Brighton, both alongside the sea and then inland, was beautiful. The support was absolutely incredible, with lots of love and support for Sue Ryder. I found the occasional shouts of “C’mon Sue” especially amusing!

There was one thing that kept me going and that was thinking about raising money for a fantastic cause."

I’m so proud to have completed this challenge, and feel truly grateful for people’s generous donations. I was even supported by people who I’d never met but who have experienced for themselves the outstanding care and support Sue Ryder provides.

Support Anne

So far, Anne has raised over £1,500 for our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, the only palliative inpatient unit in Gloucestershire.

To support Anne’s incredible achievement, you can donate and read more about her story on her JustGiving page.

Join us!

If reading about Anne's journey has inspired you to take on your own challenge, then sign up to be part of Team Incredible – we’d love to have you.

Anne Parkinson

Research Nurse and Brighton Marathon Runner

Anne Parkinson

Anne ran the Brighton Marathon to raise over £1,500 so her patients at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice can continue receiving expert and compassionate palliative and bereavement care.