London Marathon 2016 runners share their stories

Our London Marathon 2016 runners share their stories with us. Thanks to all of them for taking on this incredible challenge and raising nearly £40,000 for PCA! Well done to all of them and anyone else who takes on such a difficult challenge for us!

If you feel inspired by our 2016 runners, why not apply to run for #TeamPCA in London Marathon 2017!

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“I am running the London Marathon in memory of my beautiful husband Dane. He was and will always be my forever love, the father of my children and the centre of our worlds. Dane passed away in October 2013 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2011.

“Hopefully by taking part in a charity event as prestigious as the London Marathon, others and myself can raise money and greater awareness of a cancer that desperately needs a better understanding and better survival rates.

“I have asked myself many times throughout my training ‘How am I going to do this?’, ‘How am I going to be able to complete a marathon and run for more than four hours?’ And the simple answer is – I’m going to do it for Dane, for our children and for the next unknowing family out there whose lives will be shattered by pancreatic cancer.”

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“I am absolutely desperate to raise funds for research into the early diagnosis of this terrible disease and London 2016 would be especially poignant for me and my family as the marathon takes place exactly one year to the day when my dear sister-in-law passed away aged 40, three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“The London Marathon 2016 would provide Nicky’s entire family with an opportunity to come together and give thanks for her life whilst doing something positive towards increasing awareness and raising money for a worthy cause so close to our hearts.”

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“I ran the London Marathon in  memory of my father Bob Marchbank who passed away in 2015 from pancreatic

“The marathon was never on list list of many achievements so it was more than fitting for me to do it for him.

I plan to raise more money for PCA in the years to come as early diagnosis is key for survival”

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Karen Hamilton 

“I’m running the London marathon 2016 for PCA, and in memory of my husband John who lost his life to pancreatic cancer at 53! He was the bravest man I’ve ever known. He got 8 weeks 2 days from diagnosis of this horrific disease despite being unwell for over a year.

“We need to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer . Pancreatic Cancer Action is all about that and early diagnosis!

“A marathon is tough, but nothing is tougher than losing your husband.”

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am running the London Marathon in memory of my brother Shaun. In December 2014 Shaun was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer He was 47.

“It was a complete shock to my whole family. A few days after his 5th Chemo Shaun died at home in April 2015. It has been hard coming to terms with losing my only brother, we shared many loves one being our love for Leeds united.

“We have embarked since in raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Action who strive to raise awareness and early diagnosis.”

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I am running the London Marathon in memory of my big brother Gavin Reeve-Daniels (Gav), who died from Pancreatic Cancer in September 2014, a year after diagnosis. Gav was only 44.

“He was much loved, not just by his wife and young son, but by all of his family and friends.

“Pancreatic Cancer Action, and also to celebrate Gav’s memory. As Gav was a veteran of a few marathons, Gav and I had always talked about running a marathon together one day.

“So when I got the chance to represent Pancreatic Cancer Action at the London Marathon, I just had to take it. Although sadly Gav can’t be with me in person, I am sure I will feel his presence with me, keeping me going when things get tough.”

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“Christmas day 2015 my Mum lost her horrendous battle with pancreatic cancer. It had been 2 years of hospital tests, chemotherapy, major surgery and waiting, waiting for some miraculous new treatment to cure her. Unfortunately like so many, the diagnosis came too late and the diagnosis soon became terminal.

“Like so many friends and family I felt helpless, so with Mum’s blessing I signed up for the London Marathon 2016. She showed strength, courage and importantly hope throughout this nasty disease, she was a true inspiration.

“The pain of losing her is still very raw but I will use the strength she displayed and I will get through the marathon with the hope of raising awareness and education around this deathly disease.”