Norwich woman to run half marathon in memory of her husband and friend
- Credit: Brain Tumour Research
A woman whose husband died of a brain tumour is getting set to tackle her first half marathon in his memory.
Jacquie Craske, 58, will be among the 16,000 runners taking part in this year's Royal Parks half marathon on October 9.
The 13.1-mile route takes in four of London's eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Green Park, St James' Park and Kensington Gardens.
Mother-of-two Mrs Craske will be taking on the challenge in memory of her husband, Paul Harpham, who died of an oligodendroglioma brain tumour in 1998.
Since, administrator Mrs Craske, who is from Norwich, dedicated herself to fundraising and will be raising money for the Milton Keynes-based charity Brain Tumour Research in memory of both Mr Harpham, and a close friend who was also diagnosed with a brain tumour, and suffered a brain haemorrhage following surgery to remove it.
This will be the first time Mrs Craske has run the half marathon distance, and despite being plagued with knee injuries resulting in surgery this year, she has already completed the Newnham 10k as a warm-up for the Royal Parks event. She pledged to 'do whatever it takes to get over the line – run, jog or crawl.'
Mrs Craske added: 'Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet only 1pc of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. It is shocking that 18 years after Paul died, the prognosis has not significantly improved, and that incidences and deaths from brain tumours are rising.
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'The challenge of running 13.1 miles is a huge challenge for me after my injuries this year, but I am determined to complete it, and raise money for Brain Tumour Research.
'It is a fitting tribute to Paul, and I hope that my fundraising goes some way to help find a cure.'
To donate, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JacquieCraske