200km for pancreatic cancer

By Stephanie McKenna

My Achievements

Reached 100% of goal

Reached 50% of goal

Shared page

Self donated

My Updates

And that’s a wrap....

I am pleased the challenge is done and very thankful for all the support I have received from friends, family and colleagues and the donations have been over whelming, thank you 🥰


Pancreatic Cancer UK has raised over £413,000 in November which is amazing, so many great challenges set and completed - well done to all of them. 


My last set of runs are below...

Tuesday 24 November 

17.5km 

I decided to try a new route today, I wasn’t sure how far it would be.... It was nice to see a different road....!!! Legs feel sore but I have now decided I am going to push through and if no injuries before Monday my new target is 300km 🤭


Wednesday 25 November 

12.2km 

I didn’t want to run today, my lower back aches and I wanted to stay cosy... BUT.... I have my new goal and I won’t hit it if I stay at home.... 


I was struggling up a hill today and “red red wine” came on (I was listening to 80s music) and it pushed me up the hill thinking about dad and remembering why I am doing this... Then “eye of a tiger” came on and that was it, there was no stopping me.


Thursday 26 November 

10.8km 

I had an early run today, it was very cold and the only way I got through it was by thinking I would have a day off tomorrow.... 


Saturday 28 November 

19km

So the day off worked, my legs felt rested. I didn’t really feel up for my run run but remembered I wanted to listen to Gabrielle greatest hits so thought may as well and I loved it, it did not feel like 19km at all, flew by....

Sunday 29 November 

16km 

And that is that, I wanted to get the last km done today (got stuff to do tomorrow) and relieved that my challenge is complete and I can now just run for fun... 


I am so glad to have not only completed my challenge but smashed it. I am proud of myself (I never say that), I set myself a challenge of 200km and as soon as I got close I wanted to keep pushing and see how far I could take it.


My body has never felt so physically exhausted. I ran for a total of 24 hours 08 mins over 29 days with 7 non running days making it 300km in 22 runs.  Some runs I loved and others I hated. I have listened to so much music and had lots of me time which has been nice. 


The challenge has kept me busy throughout Lockdown 2.0 and made me get out the house, I would like to say I am going to miss it but that would be a lie 😜 I am pleased it’s done and I can go back to running just a couple of times a week.... 


As I said when I first started this challenge, my goal was to raise awareness and money for a charity which needs funds to help discover a cure for a horrible cancer. Money has been raised but DON’T FORGET the symptoms and make sure you go to the doctors if ever concerned, early diagnosis is key to beating this cancer. 


The first noticeable symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often:
pain in the back or stomach area – which may come and go at first and is often worse when lying down or after eating
unexpected weight loss
yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) – it also may cause dark yellow or orange urine, pale-coloured poo and itchy skin
Other possible symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:
feeling sick and being sick
changes in bowel movements (diarrhoea or constipation)
fever and shivering
indigestion
blood clots 

One week to go....

When I set a 200km run challenge in 30 days no part of me thought it would be easy. 

During lockdown I was regularly running 120km per month and that felt like hard work but there is no point setting an easy challenge, I wanted to push myself and wanted a challenge that people would think was deserving of a  donation and also to read about (which would then highlight the symptoms of pancreatic cancer) so 200km was set, but in mind I wondered if I could exceed this 🙄

Fast forward 20 days since I begun and I have achieved that target, I am super proud of myself (I rarely say that) but I really am, I pushed myself to achieve this and I want to push it further. 

I set this challenge for my dad, I wanted to do something for him to be proud of and this cause is so close to my heart that I don’t just want to hit my target I want to smash it and I will continue to push myself for the rest of the month (although my legs, feet and lower back could do with a rest) after all this is the Longland way..... 

Sunday 15 November

10.6km 

So I took 5 strides outside the door and was tempted to turn back. My legs hurt and had cramp on the bottom of my foot (ouch). I decided  to see what happened if I continued.....

I ran through the woods, it was so muddy and I was like a ninja warrior jumping over the mud.... thankfully I didn’t slide over..... 


Monday 16 November 

12km 

I decided to try and run a bit faster today than I have been doing, the main reason was I had put a lasagne in the oven and needed to get home to dish up.... I managed a nice brisk 12km and just as I walked through the door the oven pinged - great timing 😊


Tuesday 17 November 

10.5km 

Ouch ouch ouch ouch!!!!!!!! This is not good, the whole run hurt me. I wanted to cry, I am so close to my target..... 


Friday 20 November 

17.5km 

So I haven’t been able to run the last few days as my foot has been super sore..... I have hated it, so close to my target..... plus I’ve eaten everything in sight 😱


Anyway, foot felt better this morning and I thought I would try.... 


BOOOOOM 17.5km and my target has been hit! I am super happy. Each run I do now with be for me, will be to see how far I can push myself.... I have a goal in my head..... let’s see what I can do..... 


Sunday 22 November. 

12km 

Back to my favourite day to run and after hitting my target I am just running for fun, oh and seeing how far I can push my legs. Really enjoyed that run 😁


Monday 23 November 

12km 

Brrrrrrr was very cold this morning, I decided to let it warm up a bit and then run later in the morning. Had a lovely run.... another no pressure run 😜


One week left to go and am wondering what my final figure will be.... going to have a day off tomorrow - I hurt! 

Week two complete - 150km done

So, week two is now done and I am pleased that I have now completed 150km and have only 50km to go to hit my target. 


This week I didn’t do as many KM as last week, but not too shabby....


Sunday 8 November 

19km 

I wasn’t sure how far to do today, knowing it was 19km to get me to 100km was super tempting... I thought I would go out and see what happens..... I managed the 19km and was happy to be at the half way mark.... 


Tuesday 10 November

10.5km 

I didn’t run yesterday, my body hurt so much in the night I had a rotten nights sleep and woke up grumpy.... plus was super busy and didn’t have time (that’s an excuse) to squeeze a run in.


So today, I wanted to get a run in early doors before the mayhem of the day begun... slept much better and managed just over 10km, it was slower than normal as my leg is a little sore 🙈


Wednesday 11 November 

10.5km 

Running the morning after sinking a bottle of wine is not the one.... the thirst was unreal.... had to be done though (the wine that is). 


Thursday 12 November 

11.2km 

Dropped the kids and ran, beautiful day - always makes the run nicer 💃🏻I may struggle to walk tomorrow.... 


Saturday 14 November 

17.8km 

Didn’t fancy running today after spending the morning in the rain, in a tree, at school putting Christmas lights up HOWEVER I wanted to get to 150km so needs must and off I went for a run in the rain...... was quite tough..... hopefully will sleep well tonight 🤪


Super happy with my progress, 150km down and 50km to go to get to my target and 16 days left to do it in..... 

Week one complete 💃🏻

The challenge has begun, I have been so excited to get this started and am pleased to have got week one off to a great start. I had plans in my head on how far I would run each day/week to ensure the 200km gets covered over the month but then I decided to just go hard on my first week and started with a half marathon on day one. So after week one I am 81km down 119km to go. 


Sunday 1st November 

21.2km 

I love a Sunday run, no time worries, set off a bit later and just run. Really enjoyed this run, the first 2km and last 3km were HARD but the rest was enjoyable. Decided (on advice) to listen to chase and status - it was good and I managed a PB (1 hour 38) for my half marathon.... I hope I don’t hurt tomorrow. 


Monday 2nd November 

11.5km

Running the day after a half I didn’t think would be enjoyable but actually I didn’t struggle as much as I thought I would.  The weather decided to throw everything at me with winds (always against me), rain and then some sunshine.


Tuesday 3 November 

13km

All morning on a webinar made me go for this run, I was planning a rest day following my last two runs and my exercise class last night but my head needed the air.  Wasn’t as tough as I expected. Running in the afternoon is actually quite nice.... and easier..... 


Wednesday 4 November 

12.3km 

The school run was COLD this morning so decided to let it warm up a bit before my run.  Got a hat and coat all ready, decided against the hat (thankfully) and the coat was removed 3km in. Nearly fell arse over tit in the mud in the park but managed to skid through on two feet. 


Thursday 5 November 

12km 

Another afternoon trot, I have to say I much prefer running  in the afternoon. All my lockdown runs were early doors but I am enjoying having an actual break during my day. 


Saturday 7 November 

11km 

Gave myself the day off yesterday, have been told rest days are important 🙄 I missed running so went on a lovely 2 1/2 hour walk instead... 


My new Asics trainers arrived yesterday so wore those today, felt a bit tight 🤦🏼‍♀️ 


Nice late afternoon, pre take away run completed though. 

I just wanted to say too, I am so thankful for all the support I have received, I cannot believe I’ve raised nearly £2.5k - I am grateful for all those who kindly donated, thank you x 

Why I am running....

Just before lockdown I started running... for fun!!! (I know people say I am crazy). 

It wasn’t something I was desperate to do and in February it was rather cold but I thought I would give it a go.... and I actually enjoyed it...

Then lock down happened....

Running was more than exercise then, it became MY time. Time when I could listen to my music and clear my thoughts.... a time when I didn’t have to think about home schooling Olivia and Joshua or the next webinar I was planning.... it was just me!!! 

I now LOVE running, don’t get me wrong, some mornings I think I can’t be bothered and they can be a struggle but as soon as I get going I am back in my happy place. 

So when I remembered November was “pancreatic cancer awareness month” an idea came to me. Let’s set myself a challenge!! 

 I could have easily set a lower target but I want to push myself... and I want to achieve something I haven’t before and give people a good reason to sponsor. 

I also want people to read my post and remember PANCREATIC cancer. I hope that none of my friends or family ever have to hear that a loved one has this horrible cancer and I want people to be aware of the symptoms. 

- Pain in the back or stomach area – which may come and go at first and is often worse when lying down or after eating
- unexpected weight loss
- yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) – it also may cause dark yellow or orange urine, pale-coloured pooh and itchy skin

Other possible symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:
- feeling sick and being sick
- changes in bowel movements (diarrhoea or constipation)
- fever and shivering
- indigestion
- blood clots

My dad had these symptoms but unfortunately it was too late for him and just 10 weeks after diagnosis he was rushed to hospital and died 😭

Not a day passes when I don’t think about him, the love he had for his family and how hard he worked over the years to be a great husband and dad and I thank my lucky stars everyday that he was my dad. 

At this time with COVID people are missing screenings, not going to the doctors with symptoms and sadly this will result in many many more late diagnoses and inevitably deaths. Please please please if you are reading this and have ANY concerns make sure you are seen. Life is too short, don’t let it be shorter. 

Sponsor me if you can, but more importantly look after yourself. 

Thank you to my Supporters

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Mike Case

My mum also dies of this awful disease, so keep running!

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Caroline Coomber

Well done Steph!!! What an amazing achievement xxx

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Alan Raymant

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Kirsty Gogan

Great job!

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Adrian Bull

Fantastic effort. Well done!

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Anthony Morris

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David Buchanan

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Jenna Thomas

Well done Steph, your dad would be very proud of you xxx

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Jane

Well done 👏

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Angela Wallder

Congratulations Stephanie..love Angela

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Rebecca Giddy

Well done Stephanie...love from Becky

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Rupert Lewis

Hell of an effort!! Well done Steph, first beer is on me when we can! Rupert

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Anthony Mcgrath

Phenomenal effort Steph!!

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Cheryl

Well done chick!!x

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Wenna Watts

What an inspiration you are ! Amazing job you should be so proud ! Much love wenna and family xxx

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Natalie Preston

A little late... been meaning to donate for ages! Never doubted you..... I’ve learnt much about you from your co-chairness. 😘

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Emma Meacher

Well done my friend. You have done so amazing ....super women. Amazing amount of money raised for the charity close to you heart. Well done. Love you lots. Xx

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Philip Vaughan

Fantastic effort. Well done !

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Janice Jones

Well done you. And a fantastic cause. X

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Tom Longland

Well done steph

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Gemma Mckenna

Well done Steph lots of love Gem, Rich and Georgia xxx

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Hayley Jeffcoate

Well done Steph! Great cause xx

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Becky Thoringron

Keep going Steph! You’re amazing 😊

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Tim Darvill

Well Done Steph!! An amazing amount raised for a brilliant charity, not far to go now!

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Ieuan

You're amazing!

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Ivan Baldwin

Incredible amount raised by an incredible person - go Steph!!

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Jake Tudge

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Caroline Longman

Well done Steph-I lost my Grandad to pancreatic cancer. You are running for a great cause xx

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Paul Haywood

Keep it going Steph, fantastic work x

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Helen Wheelet

Well done Stephanie for running for Pancreatic Cancer .love Helen...xx

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Sam Belderson

Go on Steph, you are an inspiration and can’t imagine how proud your dad would be!!!! xxx

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Natasha Capel

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Karen Vallance

Good Luck Steph!

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Mindy

No doubt that you’ve got this lady! Your a star and your pa will be cheering you on every step of this adventure and all of the next ones too ❤️

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Nick Eldridge

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Rob Worthington

Well done mate. You are crushing it.

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Karen Bennett

You’re doing a great job , keep it going Steph & well done 👏👏 love John & Karen xx

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Sarah Caldwell

Well done steph! 👏🏼

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Louise Benfield

Fantastic challenge Steph 👏🏻

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Chloe Powell

Great achievement! Keep going x

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Nikki Skerman

You are amazing, an inspiration to all your family and friends. You will smash it my steffy!!! Your Dad was a wonderful man and he will be so proud of you... just like we all are.xxxx

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Jackie Giddy

Come on Stephanie you can do it. Love and hugs... Xx jackie

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Chris Williams

Well done Steph, top effort for a great cause xxx

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Carly Mason

So PROUD of you!! You got this!! 💪🏻 x

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Lauren, Shauna, Jody

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Pete Roberts

I know you will smash it Steph!

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Philip Rogers

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Tom Keegan

Surely when you raise over your target you up the KMs? Great cause mate and great effort.

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James Macleod

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Sandra Evenden

Good luck Steph. You will do it. Sandra

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Jo Byron

Good luck to you Steph!!! I'll be with you in spirit all the way!!! Jo. x

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Rosanna

So proud of you Stephanie!! Good luck My friend xxx

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Belinda Longland

Come on...you can do it...love you..mom..xx

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Shayne Halfpenny-ray

Good luck Steph - you will smash it!

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Scott Mckenna

There you go, that’s the target hit now! I may not say it all the time, but please know that I am incredibly proud of you, as was your dad throughout his life. Now go and smash it my wonderful wife.xx 😘

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Robert Armour

Steph, you’re so close to that target. Well done

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Sophie Palmer

Go Steph!! Amazing. 😀👍

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Dan Powney

Good luck Steph, you're crazy but I know you'll do this easily x

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Nari Jagait

Lovely message Stephanie about your reasons for doing this; I didn’t know your dad, but I have no doubt he would be very proud. You look amazing on running too... you’ve got this! 👊🏽xx

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Gem Boyd

Good luck Steph I know you'll smash it. We'll done, what a great cause xxx

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Callum Thomas

Massive respect Steph and a great cause!

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Jen Lofthouse

You're smash it !!! Good luck Matey x

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Elizabeth Giddy

Well done Steph, you’re going to smash this! Xx

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Tony Davies

Go steph

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Gemma Longland

Go Steph! We are all very proud of you. Nick, Gem, Olly & Sienna xxx

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Lubna Aboobacker

I don’t think I would’ve survived lockdown if you hadn’t inspired me to run. I’ve watched your consistency through rains and hangovers and everything else! I’m sure you can do this! More power to you 💜

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Samantha Carslake

Good luck Steph ❤️Xxx

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Alix Barraball

Go Steph,do your dad proud x

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Anthony Nyman

Good luck Steph. Xxx

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Sophie Southam

Good luck you crazy lady xx

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Tia

Good Luck Steph!xx

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Lucy Lockyer

You go girl!! So wish I had even a fraction of your willpower and enthusiasm for running! 😂 I’ll be with you in spirit xxx

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Andrew Renton

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Ozma Taylor

You’ll smash it Steph!!

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Leighton Millis

Good luck Steph. We're proud of you.

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Mike Sanchez

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Liz Bowe

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M

Fantastic cause, I know you will smash through your goal.

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Sarah Beacock

What a lovely idea Steph - full of admiration for your commitment. Good luck!

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Fiona Reilly

Well done Steph! A great cause!

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Chris Medlock

Excellent cause Steph and good luck.

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Lewis Mcvey

I'm not sure I could drive 200km in November these days but I'm sure you'll smash it!

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Gill Marsden

You go girl, your daddy would be super proud xox

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Peter Sibley

Good luck Steph, what an amazing effort for a great cause!!

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Phil Monks

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Julianne Antrobus

Great cause. Super proud - well done Steph!

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Lindsay Roche

Well done Steph! A fantastic way to keep healthy during lockdown as well as raising money for a great cause at the same time.

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Gaby

Always thought you were a crazy, fantastic girl, but now you've proved it!! Wonderful for you to do this challenge and to raise awareness of this dreadful disease. Go for it girl!

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James Rudd

Good luck, an amazing effort an a worthy cause.

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Steve Hughes

Hey Steph, Fab effort, so impressed and for such a great cause

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Philip Isgar

Good Luck Steph, . . . My Fitbit gets me to 10000 Steps a day no where near as impressive as you. Your a star and you can do it.

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Iain Forcer

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Tim Stone

Wonderful cause and deeply impressed with your commitment.

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James Hill

Good Luck

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Aidan And Beverley Xx

Well done Stephanie for taking this on and for such a worthwhile cause that’s touched both our families xx

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V

Good for you Steph. Good luck.

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John Carine

Steph, i am really proud of you for doing this, your Dad would be proud of you. Well done and good luck :)

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Tom Greatrex

Go for it Steph...

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Gareth Davies

A very good cause - well done for doing this - very best of luck

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Anonymous

Great cause, Steph. Keep running!

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Anonymous

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Nicolette Vyce

A great idea and worthy cause. Let us know when, and we'll run the last leg with you (remotely obvs). Good luck

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Emma Boyd

No backing out now 😜 proud of youuuuuu my friend 😘💜

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Nicola Haywood

Good luck Steph and I hope you raise lots of money xx

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Sara Crane

Bloody amazing! Go Steph! You can do it! 😘

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Lucy Jones

So proud of you my friend. Run forest xx