In just 24 hours time I will be at the Glasshouse at Pyramids collecting my race bib and chip and going through the final checks before starting the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon at 09:30am on 23rd December.
This will be especially poignant as the last time I was at the Glasshouse was at a party to say goodbye to a very special fella, Jason Denham. Jase was a good friend and colleague who I worked with for 3 years or so at SSE and who we sadly lost to cancer on 23rd October this year.
Jase or JD as we knew him was a vibrant young man, always cycling to work and going to the gym, generally pursuing a fit and healthy lifestyle. We used to chat about diet/fitness on an almost daily basis. He gave me a lot of support with my running and my weight loss and was a constant source of motivation. Always laughing, smiling and joking, it seems odd not to see him anymore, not to talk to him on our daily catch ups, usually at lunchtime or after hours when most had left for the day!
JD was a dedicated and hard working man. His battle with cancer was so sudden, so fast and taken on with such strength of character.
I am running this marathon for him and to raise money for Macmillan cancer support who cared for him in his final days.
If you would like to support me in my goal then please visit my just giving page and make a donation. Even if its just a £1 every little helps in the fight against cancer, a disease that sadly touches almost everyone’s lives these days.