*UPDATE: It's been almost 15 months since the original challenge date came and went. Since then there have been three event postponements (and three restarts to training), and a change of venue. HOWEVER, WE ARE ON! Read on to find out how I plan to support Leukaemia UK and why.*

Leukaemia is a type of blood cancer. It starts in the blood-forming tissue and leads to the over-production of abnormal white blood cells. This affects the part of the immune system that defends the body against infection. There are four different types of Leukaemia, but Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is the type that I have learnt more about in the last year. Some of the symptoms include: tiredness, night sweats, breathlessness, fever, bruises, frequent infections, aching arms and legs. However, it's possible to do well on treatment for many years.

This is what my mother-in-law, Wendy, has been dealing with since March 2019. You wouldn't know to meet her as, being such a strong and determined woman, any symptoms she may have felt have been managed very discreetly. She is currently making very good progress with her medical team to manage the illness and is responding well to treatment.

When Wendy's brother, my Uncle-in-law, mentioned about signing up for the South Coast Ultra Challenge, I knew it was a challenge I couldn't say 'no' to! Having been a regular (Park Run) runner herself, the challenge seemed a very fitting way to support Wendy, and in the process raise awareness about blood cancer and contribute to the valuable work of Leukaemia UK.

On Saturday 4th September 2021, we will take on 55km (34.18 miles) of hills, descents & coastline from Eastbourne to Hove - in total climbing 1,310m. The scenery will be spectacular and the views iconic, however the paths are remarkably undulating. The magnitude of the run is daunting and a lot of training and determination will be required, however, the thought that I will be helping to support such a worthy cause will, I hope, spur me on!

Thank you for taking the time to read my fundraising page and for any donations pledged. Kristina Lewis