Volunteering as a cheerer with Cancer Research #London Marathon

This was my second year of cheering the runners at the London Marathon on behalf of  Cancer Research and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience yet again..

Problems getting to the cheering area

It was a bit of a marathon trying to get from Gravesend Kent to our cheering area at mile 22  in shadwell due to the fact that the trains and underground where packed as their were changes to the routes which caused some confusion for some of us. I must say despite this, most of the other passengers were friendly and in good spirits.


Our shift

On arrival at mile 22, I was quite excited to see fellow cheerers about 10 people, some of whom had been their since early morning. I quickly introduced myself and put on the Cancer Research T-shirt and got my cheering instruments.

Cheering people on

I  must say our team of cheerers were very vocal, We sang songs, we called out the names of the Cancer Research runners and encouraged as many other runners as we could. This is a short video of one of the most funniest moment cheering someone dressed as a tree.

Runners appreciated us cheering

It was such a joy to see the reactions of the runners as we called out their names and encouraged them.


Some pictures I managed to take

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Thanks to all  my fellow volunteers and to Cancer Rearch for giving us the opportunity to be part of the London Marathon 2018- looking forward to 2019.


Race for life 2017

Another amazing year, as I took part in race for life in Blackheath with my amazing friend Christine Willimans  raising funds in memory of her dad who died of cancer.

I also have had personal loss and used it as an opportunity to think of everyone of us who has been affected by cancer.

Some pictures of the day! #RaceforLife

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If you would like to donate to our page, please follow this link https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/the-dimples-ladies


How I motivate myself to wake up early and Walk/Jog/Run/Exercise!

Usually, I am not  someone who wakes up early in the morning and thinks of doing any form of exercise. I am motivated to change this, because I decided to join my friend Christine and our other team members to run race for life 5K in Blackheath London on 3rd July in memory of our family and friends especially one lovely little girl i adore Stacey Mowle.


I first joined the healthy weight programme run by our local healthy weight centre the Grand – which means amongst other things  I can go to the  NRG gym every Monday and use their equipment to exercise for 10 weeks as part of the programme.


To motivate my self not to give up half way I decided to:-


I wake up and focus on the family, and friends who have lost their lives because of cancer as well as those who are battling with cancer in their lives. I think especially of one beautiful girl Stacey Mowle  who was just a strong and amazing fighter, and I am now happy to be one of the patrons of the charity set up by her family Warren, Samtha, Jake http://staceyssmiles.org.uk/



When I run, I imagine they are looking down at me saying “run Genny run, you can do this”


I told my friends and families on my Facebook page, what I am doing so that I cam accountable to them and they can support and encourage me each day.



I follow the race for life  6 weeks routine  and also use The Magic Mile, which is a unique tool to help us determine realistic running goals and help us to progress, get faster and stronger. http://www.jeffgalloway.com/pdf/magic.pdf

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Health benefits

I visited my doctor who said I was overweight, with high cholesterol and BMI – this really scare me, and motivated me to do something about it as I want to live a healthier life so that I can be their for a long while to look after my children and complete my mission in life of making as many people as I can have a reason to smile each day.

Support Group

As well as jogging/running on my own each morning, I also decided to join a group of ladies who I see exercising regularly in the park near me. They inspire me so much, and each day  I go they encourage me to keep coming and not give up. Most of them are over 60 and our instructor is 70 years old.

 Fun and interesting

I make my morning routine fun, as each day I wear different Tshirts and fun accessories and then take picture and upload on my social media. I also change my running routes.

If you would like to donate to our just giving page here is the link


The Dimples Ladies team – Christine  Vivienne, Kerry, Sonal, Julie, Emily and myself


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