Bromley woman to run 12 half-marathons in a year for Cure Leukaemia
PUBLISHED: 09:11 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 30 August 2018
Bromley resident Rebecca Hurst has decided to take on a ‘12 in 12’ challenge to fundraise for Cure Leukaemia, which will see her completing at least one half-marathon every month for a year.
The devoted Crystal Palace fan, who counts Geoff Thomas as one of her heroes, decided that simply taking part in one event was never going to be enough.
Her half marathon challenge will start with the Saturn running event in Reading this Sunday (September 2) and will come to an end with a Run Disney event next year in Paris.
The 41-year-old is taking on the challenge after been involved in the fundraising day with Cure Leukaemia at Palace’s Premier League fixture with Southampton last September.
She now has an even bigger motivation to fundraise for the charity.
“My Uncle John was diagnosed with lymphoma at the end of May,” said Rebecca.
“He has been wearing a facemask and undergoing treatment and so far things are looking positive which is good news.
“It has made me want to get out and show support for people undergoing treatment, and I already had that link with Cure Leukaemia following the collection we did with the Crystal Palace Foundation.
“I was fortunate enough to meet Geoff that day, one of my idols who I remember watching as a lifelong Palace fan!”
Although not previously a regular runner, Rebecca has quickly got into her stride, completing the London Marathon this year as well as several half marathons.
Geoff Thomas, who made 249 appearances for Palace during six years at the club, including captaining the team in the 1990 FA Cup Final, has expressed his support for Rebecca’s marathon challenge.
He said: “I’d like to wish Rebecca the very best of luck for her fantastic challenge.
“It’s great that the Crystal Palace family continue to support Cure Leukaemia and I really hope the fans all get behind Rebecca during her big challenge.
“Every penny raised will go towards helping blood cancer patients who are in a similar position I found myself in 15 years ago, so I would urge people to get behind Rebecca to directly help those patients today.”