Hannah’s half marathon challenge to help find a cure

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A woman living with an aggressive brain tumour has completed an impressive half marathon challenge to help find a cure for the disease.

Glioblastoma (GBM) patient Hannah King-Page (pictured top with her husband Andy) from Meriden overcame bouts of back pain, fought back from a cold, and battled winds from Storm Kathleen to cross the finish line of the London Landmarks Half Marathon on Sunday 7th April.

She said: “The atmosphere in London was fabulous with lots of spectators all along the route, shouting words of encouragement. Hardly surprisingly, we passed numerous remarkable landmarks, where randomly runners would stop for selfies – particularly when we got to St Paul’s Cathedral.

“I was pretty pleased with myself, especially as my training had been hampered by periods of back pain and foot drop – a condition that makes it hard to lift or move your foot and toes when walking, or indeed running!”

Glioblastoma (GBM) patient Hannah King-Page at the start of the London Landmarks Half Marathon

Hannah started running two years before she was diagnosed with a GBM in November 2020. But it was eight months after her brain surgery that she took up the hobby again, completing the Couch to 5K programme and joining Balsall Common Running Club.

“I went back to running to build up my physical health, which was my main goal for my rehab after surgery. It has been really good for me, and I’ve also made lots of new friends who have all been terrifically supportive,” she added.

Following her diagnosis, Hannah set up a Fundraising Group called Hannah’s Kingdom which has raised more than £24,000 for Brain Tumour Research. Her fundraising activities have included a firewalk and taking part in our Jog 26 Miles in May challenge. Next March, she will join our team heading to the desert for our Trek Sahara 2025 challenge and hopes to raise another £2,740 to sponsor a day of research at one of our Centres of Excellence.

To donate to support Hannah’s Kingdom, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/HannahsKingdom

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