I’m jogging 40 miles in January to raise vital funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and help support life-saving research.
The Royal Marsden is leading the way in cancer research, with 800 clinical trials open at any one time involving thousands of patients from across the UK.
This is my first challenge for 2023 and it’s about time I raised some funds for a place my husband lives at!! I might moan about how little I see Darren at times but I’m truly proud of the fantastic work he and all the other nurses, doctors and staff members do at The Royal Marsden. It really is an amazing place!
I’ve visited Darren at work once or twice and seen first-hand the work that is done there, the second to none facilities and the research which is achieved.
If you can donate you will be helping to continue to support those affected by cancer and support life saving research, offer patients world-leading treatment and care and invest in equipment and fund new facilities.
To donate visit my FB fundraising page here: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz Thank you!! ❤️❤️❤️😘
Keep up to date with my progress below ….
3 January 2023
Just over 2 miles off the 40!! A bit slow today but not bad for a first run since recovering from both shingles & a chest infection! Thank you so much for all your donations today – definitely my #TuesdayMotivation Back out tomorrow to #KeepRunning and clock up those miles for #RoyalMarsden #Jog40InJan Feel free to donate here on Facebook: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz #ThisGirlCan #LetsGetRunning #JanuaryVibes #TeamMarsden
4 January 2023
Today I went running nice & early with company, all the way down the hill to Badshot Lea Village Infant School with my Betsy-Boo! Pity I didn’t have her to motivate me back up the hill! However, I did cheat a bit & go the long way round clocking up 4.1km which in miles is another 2.5 to add off the 40! So, currently I’ve run 4.5 miles – 35.5 to go!!
Thanks for all your donations so far as they are really keeping me going… #UntilTomorrow #TenThisWeek #Jog40InJan #RoyalMarsden
Feel free to donate here on Facebook: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz #ThisGirlCan #LetsGetRunning #JanuaryVibes #TeamMarsden
5 January 2023
A later run today, clocking in over 2 1/2 miles & a total of 7 this week – yippee!! My reward was a hot bath & a comforting dinner tonight! 😍🛀😋 Rest day tomorrow but back on it sat to complete 10 for the week! 😁🔙🏃♀️ #tenthisweek #jogfortymilesinjan #royalmarsden ⏰😁👍🙏 Feel free to donate here: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz ❤️❤️😘 #thisgirlcan #TeamMarsden
7 January 2023
Despite the weather yesterday, I did it and a bit more!! 😁🎉 I ran just under 4 miles taking my grand total this week to 4 runs, 18.75K which is just over 11.5 miles – 28.5 miles to go!! Thanks for all your donations and motivation so far as it’s really keeping me going… 😘❤️😍 #untiltomorrow #jogfortymilesinjan #royalmarsden ⏰😁👍🙏 Feel free to donate here: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz ❤️❤️❤️😘 #thisgirlcan #letsgetrunning #januaryvibes #TeamMarsden
9 January 2023
Today is a new week & a busy work one! Determined to clock up those miles early, today’s run was a longer one – just shy of 4 and a half miles (7.24 k) plus it didn’t rain! 😊🌂I also went for a countryside run (saving my back & knees but not my trainers!!) down from #BLVISchool to #MoorPark & up to #GreatAustins in the hope of a brew with Mum & Dad! The brew & biscuit being the #MondayMotivation!🤣☕️🍪 So that’s 16 miles done – 24 to go!! 😁🙃Feel free to donate here: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz ❤️😘 #untiltomorrow #jogfortymilesinjan #royalmarsden #thisgirlcan
11 January 2023
When in doubt, run it out! #wednesdaywisdom 😊🙃 An early school run with Betsy-Boo this morning before work, clocking up just over 3 miles & trying not to #overcook myself! A lovely sunny morning running the scenic route home! 😊⛅️So, that’s now 19/40 miles done – 21 to go!! 😁 Thank you once gain for all your support – I couldn’t do it without you! 😘 Back out tomorrow to #keeprunning for #royalmarsden #jog40injan 🏃♀️🔙 Feel free to donate here on Facebook: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz #thisgirlcan #teammarsden
12 January 2023
My challenge for Feb might be some new trainers! 🙃😂 The weather can’t break my soul though – longest run yet at 7.60K, clocking in a total of 23.5 miles so far and now 16.5 to run!! Got out my lovely high vis & listened to some great tunes! Just need a head torch for those muddy puddles! 🤣🔦🏃♀️Thanks for your donations & your motivation – I’m feeling knackered but so happy to have hit the halfway mark!! Yippee! 🎉 Feel free to donate here on Facebook: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz #thisgirlcan #teammarsden #jog40injan #royalmarsden #runningupthathill#runningupthatroad #rainonme #youcantbreakmysoul
14 January 2023
My motivation to get out running was low like the weather today! However, Im determined & like one of my favourite Head Teachers used to say – there’s no such word as can’t! So, I did it & by luck missed the rain, clocking up 5 miles & taking my total mileage to 28.5!!🎉🙃 My reward tonight is some bubbles & a hot bath! 😁🥂🍾🛀 I’m truly knackered & very ache but with just 11.5 miles to go to get to that goal of 40 I’m all in & just going to keep running through this dark January… Thank you so much for all your support, it means the world to me! 😍👏 😘❤️ #Jog40InJan #royalmarsden #thisgirlcan
16 January 2023
I’m actually feeling rather ‘happy’ this #bluemonday… It’s amazing how exercise helps your mood. I saw lots of animals out on my run today – cows, horses, sheep & far too many cats staring at me from windowsills, almost meowing ‘rather you than me’!!🐱🤣Despite the freezing weather, I did my longest run so far this month & got my 10k award, clocking in just over 6 miles! Which means I’ve got to 35 miles & have just 5 to run to hit that 40-mile target. Yipee!! 🎉Just need to keep happy & healthy but with all the support you lot are giving me I’m sure I’m going to nail it!! Feel free to donate here on Facebook😘❤️💙❤️: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz #jog40injan #royalmarsden #thisgirlcan #finishinglineinsight
18 January 2023
Worked out this morning that it’s only cold if you’re standing still! 🤣 So I ran… It wasn’t fast, it wasn’t long & it definitely wasn’t a pretty sight, but I clocked in another 3.5 miles taking my total to 38.5! I’m going to do this tomorrow (i.e., get 40miles in the bag) & then if health & fitness remains extend it on some!! I’m 45 this year, so that will be my next goal! 🙃Thanks for all your donations, support & motivation – it hasn’t been an easy challenge, especially in January & I couldn’t do it without you. Feel free to donate here on Facebook😘❤️💙❤️: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz #jog40injan #royalmarsden #thisgirlcan #almostat40
19 January 2023
I’ve done it…. So far this month, I’ve run 70.71km which is 43.9 miles!! I’m not sure how or how many more miles I can do but I’m motivated to #keeponrunning! 🏃♀️🙃 It may be cold, wet & dark but I’m happy knowing that I’m running through January for a great cause & a fantastic charity – the #royalmarsden! Thank you again for all your support, daily motivation plus your kind donations. 😘 Betsy has tonight given me a medal & as always Alfie has given me the thumbs up for reaching that goal of 40 miles! Feel free to donate here: https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz 😘❤️❤️#jog40injan #thisgirlcan #letskeeprunning #teammarsden
23 January 2023
My #mondaymotivation is to keep running through January!!🏃♀️❄️Yippee Feb is approaching & with just 8 days to go i’m going to keep going, run as many miles as possible & raise as much funds as I can for the #royalmarsden! ☺️🙃 Saturday I ran another 4 miles & today, despite the freezing cold weather, I’ve clocked up a further 7 miles taking my total so far to 55 miles!!😁🎉 It might have been cold this morning but what stunning beautiful views to run alongside.. Thank you as ever for all your support this month! 😘 ❤️❤️https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz #jog40injan #thisgirlcan #keeprunning #teammarsden
24 January 2023
Today I ran 8k/5miles which means I’ve hit the 60-mile mark!!🎉😁🏃♀️Wowzers!! I’m carrying on #running because it’s making me happy – given me some #metime, put me back in touch with friends who I haven’t heard from in years & people who have shared their stories of cancer with me. It’s made me realise how lucky I am to have such kind people in my life who are willing to support & motivate me to #keepgoing & #carryon fundraising for #royalmarsden. Thank you everyone 😘❤️❤️❤️ https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz
26 January 2023
The end is nigh… But I still need to earn those kind donations, generous support& motivation!! ☺️😘So another 8K in the bag taking my total milage to 65!! It was a dark run tonight so a good job I was wearing my bright pink ‘running’ leggings from Rainbows & Sprinkles… (thoroughly recommend them by the way 😍) 5 more days to run! Not sure what my end goal will be but going to keep running… 🏃♀️ Thank you again for all your support… https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz #royalmarsden #jog40injan #runningthroughjanuary #5daystogo #keeprunning
28 January 2023
So today I ran a 10K PB which takes my total mileage for Jan to just over 71 miles!! My biggest critic, a 9-year-old called Alfie told me once I reached the goal of 40miles I should carry on & reach Grandma’s birthday age for 2023! (don’t tell her!!) Alfie I said: Don’t be cheeky there’s noooo way I can reach 80 miles – that’s just mental!” But with 3 days to go plus a lot of grit & determination (I blame dyslexia), I might just do it! Watch this space… 🙃🏃♀️🤞 Thanks once again for all your donations this week – truly amazing, thank you! 😘🥰❤️ #jog40injan #royalmarsden #thisgirlcan #teammarsden https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz
31 January 2023
Final run for January done this eve…
138.67K, 18 runs & a total of 86-miles!! Everyone has been or lives will be touched by Cancer which is why I did #jog40inJan for the #royalmarsden. I also did it for Darren, my family & finally for myself – my #wellbeing. I might be a mum, wife & content guru but I’m also Claris, CML or Curly! 🤣🙃 Wellbeing matters & this challenge has taught me I need to remember some #metime occasionally & to be kinder to myself. Thank you again to all who’ve given to me this last month – time, support, motivation plus the kindness of donations. It has meant the world & I’m hopeful I can thank you in person during 2023… #jobdone #thankyou #thisgirlcanrun #teammarsden https://bit.ly/3ZkfuSz