Updated: Apr 12, 2021
In August 2017 I was surprised and honoured to be given a place to run the London Marathon for the Teenage Cancer Trust. My cousin, Nicholas Wright passed away Boxing Day 2004 aged 17 from Ewing Sarcoma. My family and I have continued to fundraise in his memory for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
I hadn’t run or done much in the way of exercise since I left high school. I dug out a pair of trainers, a freebie t-shirt and some old jogging bottoms. In the September I started training. As part of my training for the London Marathon, my partner Andy entered me in several local races. The running community was so friendly and welcoming. It was then I started getting involved with parkrun too. I found everyone, those taking part and also the crowd, so supportive that I decided to join Felixstowe Road Runners. In 2019 my sister Harriet and I did the Brighton Marathon for the Teenage Cancer Trust and I also took part in the Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 4th October 2020. My sister and I have raised over £6000 between us for the Teenage Cancer Trust and MS Society. It was one of my running friends who first told me about Ben and his 401 Marathons in 401 days challenge. Ben was doing a talk in Norwich, my dad, Roger Sutherland, Andy and I went along. I was inspired by Ben’s positivity, honesty and he was such a lovely person. I am passionate about mental health and people being able to feel, express and manage emotions so wanted to get involved with The 401 Foundation. After the talk I joined The 401 Foundation Twitter and Facebook groups. I saw the #findyour401 Challenge and felt I needed to do something to motivate me through another lockdown.
The 401 community is so kind, welcoming, friendly and supportive of each other, I’m proud to be a part of it. Hollie Sutherland