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09/12/2012 at 21:17

Thanks Jen - how are you finding it all? Been a crazy few days, hasn't it??

09/12/2012 at 21:19

crazy indeed, but i'm enjoying it all very much. Shame the game will change on thursday....

09/12/2012 at 21:24

Ok, picture story time (!)... (the last photo is rather gross - you have been warned!)

In 2010, I was diagnosed with a relatively rare, slow-growing form of cancer and had surgery to remove a carcinoid tumour from my appendix. I had already signed up to run a half marathon four months later and was determined to still go ahead with it.

I made it to the start line and ran the race (although, as you will note from the photo below, not very fast - being beaten by a rather spry gent of a certain age...)


09/12/2012 at 21:25

It was one of the tougher things I've done, but I managed to get to the finish line (note the wobbly legs and rather chaffed nipple!)


09/12/2012 at 21:26

But I managed to raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK and got a nice reward at the end


09/12/2012 at 21:27

And here is the promised gross picture...

Four months earlier...


09/12/2012 at 21:28

One more picture, just because it is my favourite ever pic of my son and I...


09/12/2012 at 21:29

Jen I know everyone has been getting on so well and sharing so much, it will such a shame... Wonder if we can talk Asics/Runners World into choosing all of us

09/12/2012 at 21:33

Glad you're mended now... you are aren't you?  Hope so

09/12/2012 at 21:35

Yes, totally mended now, thanks Sleepy Bear 

09/12/2012 at 21:57

Awesome pic! Glad all good now. We're just all going to have to do TR24 and have a blast there!!

09/12/2012 at 22:07

Thanks RRR - whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger was probably slowest I've ever ran but that whole weekend was an amazing experience

Definitely up for TR24 - really does sound like a blast!

09/12/2012 at 22:08

Be warned - if you stay in touch with your fellow bootcampers - they get you into all sorts of mischief, like ultras that you'd never normally contemplate... but it's great fun

09/12/2012 at 22:26

Haha sounds good to me sounds like you had such a great time... Hoping so badly I get through now... going to be a long few days' wait to find out!

Was out for a meal with my family tonight and told them about the TR24... I think they thought I was actually clinically insane. So at least if I get stitched up into doing an Ultra, it will come as no surprise to them!

10/12/2012 at 19:50

Every one has a story and its truly amazing to hear yours!!!!!....well done you....inspirational....the power of the mind always amazes me!!....You son and wife must be so proud of you...!!!.....

Thought of trail walker as an alternitive to an ultra...??? looks incredible....!!....Or both!!!!......x

10/12/2012 at 20:15

Whoo hooo bring on the TR24!!!

10/12/2012 at 20:18

Thanks Mel, that's so sweet  But honestly, I'm not a patch on you in the inspiration stakes!!

Would love to follow your progress all the way if you get through - not long to wait now!

I reckon I could manage both lol - honestly, this whole experience has left me so enthused for everything even vaguely running-related, I reckon I could do every event on the calendar haha

10/12/2012 at 20:24

Tigs - bring it on!

Bagsy Tigs on my team everybody...

ps Tigs, drew a pic you might like...


10/12/2012 at 20:53

oh oh oh thats awesome!!!  Yep team buddy!! just need another 6 who's with me and Bacon??? Bounce...bounce.. bounce...

p.s how long did the picture take to draw?

pps why were you drawing a picture of Tigger??

ppps did I say that I loved my picture of Tigger????


10/12/2012 at 21:18

Loving the photos. Its so nice to read about people on here. Obviously the medical bit caught my eye to. Having read about carcinoid tumours, ive never actually met anyone with one/whose had one before. I love to raise money for charity, I try to do it at least once a year (as any more often friends tend to walk in the opposite direction when they see you coming)


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