Ian Boam Blood cancer has affected my family on two occasions, my Mum was diagnosed with multiple myeloma around 2004, unfortunately Mum lost her battle against the disease in 2013. In March 2019 my Sister was diagnosed with Leukaemia; following a few set backs and several changes of medication, thankfully, she is currently responding well to treatment.

I was with my Sister during her diagnosis, it was like deja vu, we had been on a similar journey with Mum, we were in the same room with the same medical team hearing a similar diagnosis, I was so upset for my sister, and, felt so helpless. I wanted to do something to help raise awareness and funds to help develop treatments and a cure for blood cancer, but what could I do?

About two and a half years ago I started to take part at the Conkers Parkrun and have got hooked on running taking part in a couple of 10K races and joining the local running club, South Derbyshire Road Runners. It seemed natural to link something I enjoy with the fundraising, I looked at several half marathons and even considered a marathon for the fund raising event before looking at the Leukaemia UK web site and seeing the Ultra Challenges!

I have signed up for the Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge, 58Km (36.04 miles) from Poole to Weymouth on some beautiful but very undulating coastal paths on May 16th 2020. The run is only part of the challenge as the training to get ready starts in January and will involve running 697Km (433 miles) an average of 29 miles a week for 15 weeks in all weathers right up to race day. I am aiming to raise £500 for Leukaemia UK any donation towards my challenge will help to fund research to find a cure to this disease that touches so many lives. Ian Boam