4 months on and 100 miles run


The Marathon a month campaign, which sees Jan McDermott and some of her team, running a number of competitive races for charity has been going for four months. Each month since the start of May Jan has committed to running the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) through competitive races, in addition to her normal club and training runs.

Jan regularly competes in the Park Runs held weekly at Birkenhead Park and in August she also completed two other 5Ks – the Seaside Run and the Mystery Park Run both on the Wirral – and the Whirlow 10K, part of the aptly named ‘dig deep’ series of Peak District races. Jan is also putting something back into the sport by marshalling at races she is not competing in and supporting other runners to reach their race potential.

A third of the way through the 12-month campaign with over 100 miles of competitive running completed, Jan is now looking to sponsors to help her reach her fundraising ambitions. She asks her friends, colleagues and fellow runners to help her reach her £3000 target for the Alzheimer’s Society and Birkenhead’s ‘The Welcome Centre’, to keep her going through the following months.

As Jan says “I can’t believe that I’m at the stage of helping other runners to improve. I still feel fairly new to running but am loving the camaraderie and the challenge I have set myself. When I started this campaign 4 months ago I chose to reach my target miles through a series of 5K, 5 mile and occasionally 10K races. This has meant that each month I have taken part in six to eight races, competing during the week and at weekends. In September I am stepping up to do a half marathon – my first – and hope that all the races I have competed in so far have prepared me for this.”

Another first in September will see Jan competing in two 5K races in one day – the Scouse 5K starting at St George’s Hall and the Wirral Seaside Run kicking off at Leasowe lighthouse. Jan adds “I’m certainly doing things I never thought I’d consider. Running for the Alzheimer’s Society and the memory of my Mum keeps me going, as well as raising vital funds to keep the Welcome Centre doing the good work its doing with our local community.”

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