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Joanna's Marathon Effort!

Published: 19/10/2018

You all know that at Sowerbys, we love to support the local community and our staff are no different!

Joanna, one of our fantastic managers in Dereham, took on a rather damp Royal Parks Half Marathon last weekend to raise both money for a local charity and awareness for a little-known condition. Oh, and she unwittingly ran alongside a rather well-known face!

With only a couple of weeks of training and battling the pouring rain in just a bin bag, Joanna kicked off her run in great spirits. All round the course people cheered for ‘Jo’, and it wasn’t until the finish line that Joanna realised she had spent most of her run with radio DJ, Jo Whiley, finishing just 26 seconds behind in 2hrs 5mins 49 secs!So far, Joanna has raised an incredible £2,893 for local charity, Star Throwers. Based in Wymondham, Star Throwers offer support to those affected by cancer by raising awareness and understanding of their treatment options, and they have been a huge support for Joanna recently.

As well as raising money for Star Throwers, Joanna has set out to raise awareness of the condition, Lymphedema. Joanna developed this incurable condition as a result of treatment for cervical cancer. It is a condition which is little understood and must be managed for life.

We are hugely proud of Joanna and what she has achieved. She said “I feel honoured to have run so far and so well on behalf of all other people suffering with this condition. My typical time for a half marathon before having Lymphedema was around 1hr 50mins.

“I owe Star Throwers everything; I feel honoured to have been given so much time and help from Star Throwers and want to give something back. They got me back on my feet and back into my running shoes. I cannot express how much they have helped me navigate through this relatively unknown condition. They have given me strength.”

If you wish to send Joanna some extra support, you can donate here

The Royal Parks Half Marathon has raised more than £36 million for charities and aims to encourage runners to protect the environment by incorporating sustainable practises and going plastic-free on their course.