Louisa never leaves the house without her trusty, silver, running bag in the car. As well as being co-director of Be More, Louisa has three young children and a husband whose job takes him out of the UK for six months of the year. She’s pretty resourceful, signs up to way more stuff than any sensible person should, and somehow manages to hold it all together. With her running gear always to hand, she makes the most of any unexpected opportunity to clock up a few extra miles whenever she gets the chance.
At the moment, Louisa’s in long-term training for a series of half marathons. She’s not new to this game, having run several half and full marathons in her time (she’s also swum the channel in a team, but she can tell this story herself another time!). This time, however, it’s personal. Louisa is running what she’s calling her ‘4×4’ under the banner ‘Be More for Eddie’. Four half marathons before her friend’s son Eddie turns four years old. Eddie has a significant brain injury, caused by a suspected stroke in utero. Consequently Eddie has various neurological conditions including infantile spasms, also known as West Syndrome, a severe epilepsy syndrome which has had a truly devastating impact on his development.
Eddie’s parents have worked tirelessly over the last four years to try everything available to them to give Eddie the best possible chance of developing. Not only are they fighting for the best treatments and equipment for Eddie but they have become spokespeople for the fight to allow children like Eddie the access to medical cannabis, a drug that is proven to have a significant effect on epilepsy.
Louisa’s ‘4 x 4’ challenge will raise money for the ‘Tree of Hope‘ charity fund dedicated to helping Eddie’s family provide the best care for him. Today she completed her first race, the Queen Elizabeth Park Half Marathon and filed the following report on Social Media:
“I did it! I’m not going to lie, it was tough. It was cold and windy with way more hills than I expected. My knee was pretty bloody painful for the last few miles BUT I kept it steady for Eddie. When I’ve done a big run in the past, at this point I would be swearing that I will never do anything like this again. I wouldn’t run for six months, then would tentatively start doing some short runs and maybe two or three years down the line I might decide that I will do another race after all.
This time it’s different. This week my training carries on as normal and in only a month’s time I’ve got to do this all over again! I’m not going to lie, right now that feels hugely overwhelming. I hurt. My knees, feet and back are aching and the idea of going out for a run any time soon makes me want to weep. But that’s what makes this a challenge. I’m going to run four half marathons by Eddie’s fourth birthday; one down, three to go. I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve received so far, thank you so much, but there’s still a long way to go (39 race miles and probably hundreds of training miles!).”
Congratulations, Louisa! We’re with you all the way! There’s a Just Giving link at the bottom of this post.
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