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Katy’s running experience!

by | Apr 30, 2024 | My story

We spoke to Katy, who has recently done some amazing running and fundraising for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust!

I was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma (Rb) when I was 6 months old, and subsequently had my left eye remove. Luckily, I retained vision in my right eye, thanks to quick action from my parents and doctors.

I have never been a hugely sporty person. My main hobby growing up was performing arts. However, when a close friend of mine ran a half-marathon for charity last September, I was truly inspired. I decided to take up running as a form of fitness, a way to get outside in the dark winter months, and a way to keep focussed having recently graduated university, and so feeling a little unmotivated not having a goal to strive towards.

Katy is sat on the grass smiling, wearing a CHECT vest and medal

It was about halfway through my training block that I decided to begin fundraising for CHECT. I knew I wanted to raise money for CHECT for the amazing support they provide for families like mine, and this felt like a great way to do so! I have also written a blog post for them in the past and know how much support is given. I have always been very open about my eye growing up, but this was the first time I was putting my story out there as an adult, so it was a little nerve wracking. But thanks to the support from CHECT and my amazing family and friends, I managed to raise £945! I am truly blown away with the support and positivity from those around me.

I am lucky in that I have loved training for this half-marathon. I have made incredible new friends through the sport and felt myself become healthier both physically and mentally. Some days it has been hard, especially in the not so gorgeous British weather, but seeing donations trickling in really kept me motivated.

The day of the half marathon was definitely a high. My friend who had encouraged me to sign up ran with me and we honestly had such a laugh! The atmosphere at Leeds Running festival was fantastic, with most people running in aid of a chosen charity. I managed to complete my first ever half-marathon in 2 hours and 22 minutes, which I was thrilled with.

Overall, fundraising for CHECT has been a joy. They sent me a running vest and even a good luck card which was hugely appreciated. I will never forget my first big running event and how incredible it felt to give back to such a worthwhile charity.

Interested in taking on a challenge for CHECT? Visit their website or contact fundraising@chect.org.uk.

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