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It’s something he shares with his friend Laura, our long-time Boobette and fundraising dynamo, who died last year after living with secondary breast cancer. Having experienced Laura’s dedication to the boob-loving cause first hand, Jimmy was determined to do something EPIC to continue her legacy. So on Friday he set off on the marathon of all marathons, running 860 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in Laura’s memory. Before he set off, we spoke to Jimmy about why he’s decided to run two full marathons a day, for seventeen days and what it means to him to be able to help us continue Laura’s work.
I recently lost a dear friend, Laura Weatherall-Plane, aged just 37, following her heroic 8-year battle with cancer. Throughout her battle with this cruel disease she tirelessly campaigned to raise awareness and funds (£70,000 no less) for the charity Coppafeel! which reminds young people to check their boobs so that an early diagnosis can save lives, something which was sadly too late for Laura.
It was during Laura’s relentless fundraising efforts that I was first badgered into running the Plymouth Half Marathon in April 2014, something I never thought I’d do. Laura had a way of encouraging people to take up running for sponsorship (usually wearing a giant inflatable boob!), and because of her I’ve now completed numerous half marathons and a handful of full marathons (including the Paris Marathon this year) for CoppaFeel!
Running has got into my blood almost as much as Laura got into the blood of everyone who met her, and so I plan to push that to the extreme by undertaking an extraordinary challenge. Starting on the 23rd of March i’ll be running the length of the UK from John O’Groats to Land’s End. I’ll finish 17 days later on the 8th of April – as you can imagine it will be pretty gruelling and a true test of strength and determination. This incredible journey covers 860 miles (1384km) which means I‘ll be running on average nearly two full marathons (52 miles) each day! I will do this for Laura to continue the legacy she left; spreading the CoppaFeel! message that early detection can save lives.
If you’d like to sponsor Jimmy or keep up to date with his progress, check out his blog and find links to his fundraising page below!
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