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Bromley runner to take on London Marathon for The Sick Children’s Trust

PUBLISHED: 14:22 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:22 24 January 2018

Becs has been running since March 2017, and the marathon will be her biggest challenge yet. Picture: Becs Hurst

Becs has been running since March 2017, and the marathon will be her biggest challenge yet. Picture: Becs Hurst

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A runner who has lost more than nine stone since December 2016 will be lacing up her trainers to take on her hardest challenge yet.

Rebecca ‘Becs’ Hurst, from West Wickham, Bromley, will be raising money for The Sick Children’s Trust by tackling 
the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018.

The 41-year-old has gone from star baker to marathon runner in less than a year after discovering her love of running.

Becs owns online bakery business Auntie’s Cupcakes, 
and started running in March 
last year.

She has since conquered several runs and walks.

On Sunday, April 22, Becks will join thousands of runners in the UK’s most iconic race to raise money for the charity, which supports families with seriously ill children in hospital with free ‘home from home’ accommodation.

Although the accommodation is free for families, it costs the charity £30 to support a family for one night.

Becks, who works in Early Years, said: “With thanks to lots of support from friends, family, the running community and Andy and Bromley parkrun UK, I have managed to achieve so much.”

Becs initially started running to help with her mental heath, as she suffered with stress and anxiety.

“Running became my way of taking control and really made a difference to my emotional well-being, in turn it has helped me to lose nearly ten stone.

Becks is both excited and scared, but is determined to complete the marathon - her biggest motivator being that she is doing it for a charity very close to her heart.

She added: “In these cold, dark, wintry nights, that thought is what keeps me pushing through and putting one foot in front of the other, because if I can raise £2,000 for this amazing charity I know that I will be helping 
so many more families stay together during the most traumatic times.”

Victoria McElhinney, Events Officer at the charity, says: “Becs is a dedicated and very enthusiastic supporter who brings so much cheer to marathon training.”

To cheer Becs on, please contact victoria@sickchildrenstrust.org.

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