Horsham woman to run London Marathon for cancer charity

Jane Parish (cente) with friends after the Great South Run
Jane Parish (cente) with friends after the Great South Run

You don’t have to be an elite athlete to run a marathon for charity, according to a woman from Horsham.

Jane Parish, 37, of Wallis Way, Horsham, will be running the London Marathon for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (LLR) this year despite being an inexperienced runner.

She said: “I decided in June that it would be a good idea to run the London Marathon so I entered and got a place running for LLR.

“I promptly panicked remembering that I have never run more than one mile in my whole life and I don’t particularly like running! But I know I must do this for such a great cause.

“LLR is very important to me. My uncle died from lymphoma as treatments were not very advanced but the work LLR do is essential to finding a cure for blood cancers.”

She added that recently one of her friends has been diagnosed with leukaemia and another with lymphoma and, she believes, the treatments that helped save their lives would not have been possible without the work of LLR.

Jane will also be raising money for LLR by holding a quiz night at The Barn in The Causeway, Horsham on February 22.

The quiz will begin at 7.30pm and will cost £12 per person which covers the quiz and food.

Jane said: “Teams can have a maximum of six people. Bring your own drinks and money for raffle tickets to win some great prizes! All proceeds to go to LLR.”

To enter a team email janeparish76@hotmail.com