While I was still intending to run the 2012 London Marathon, I started a post entitled “Why I’m running for the Samaritans”.
As you know I chose not to run and so my expose has remained in draft format. I will give you a sneak preview of the opening paragraph and leave the rest for the time I do manage to go the distance:
I wouldn’t exactly call running a life saver but it has definitely been a sanity saver. It’s given me a sense of community, of achievement and of worth.
If I want to look for life savers there have been a few in my life and to those I am forever grateful.
It doesn’t take a genius to realise that one of my life savers was going to be The Samaritans.
While I was out on the streets last Sunday, supporting OGB on his first marathon attempt, I kept one eye open for the Samaritan runners who did make it as far as the start line to raise money for a charity dear to my heart.
Claire Squires would have run past me twice that day.
I was incredibly saddened to find out today that she died within the final mile of the 2012 London Marathon.
On her Just Giving site Claire say’s:
if everyone I know could donate £5.00 that would be a great help and change lives
Imagine the impact if everyone she doesn’t know could spare £5 for a runner who gave her all?
As I write this she’s managed to raise £536,762.10