Hannah Cassap was one of our VLM Ballot Runners

Hannah joined our  VLM18 team after gaining a ballot place.  The offer came just a few days after Hannah had very sadly suffered the terrible ordeal of an ectopic pregnancy and lead to a soul searching few weeks after which she decided the best “medicine” would be to accept the place.  We were incredibly grateful that she decided to run for us and ADHD another charity close to her heart.  Here Hannah shares her marathon journey through those harsh winter months to the hottest marathon on record, brilliantly completing the marathon in 05:41:01

Hannah’s Story:

In October 2017 I suffered an ectopic pregnancy.   One minute you’re pregnant the next you’re signing cremation forms.  It was really hard to make any sense of it all.  I had an operation to remove my right tube and the baby. Still not really understanding why this was happening to me.

A few days after being discharged from hospital, I received a ‘YOU’RE IN’ London Marathon magazine. I was surprised because I’d completely forgotten about my ballot entry and it was my first ballot attempt!

At first I wasn’t sure what to do.   I’d just had a life saving/ altering operation and I would need to start training in January 2018.  I debated for a couple of weeks but knew in my heart I had to do this.

I accepted my ballot place and started training. Remembering that running really is the best medicine.
I completed my training in weather conditions of -8/ snow/ wind/ rain and sleet. Always wearing only a pair of shorts and tshirt, as I hate being hot.

The marathon day soon approached and if the weather reports were to be believed, the hottest ever marathon on record. Surely not. Yet, surely was.   It was so hot, not only running, but the vast amounts of people on course and around it. The support was phenomenal.   I was disappointed with my finish time but I am so happy and proud that I could raise some money and awareness for this great cause.

We are so grateful to all Hannah’s hard work training and raising funds and awareness for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.  We love her sprint finish, which she always does at the end of a race for her eldest daughter.   If you feel inspired and would like to donate to our marathon runners please see Hannah and her fellow runners fundraising pages.  Or please get in touch if you would like to be part of our team next year.

Kerry Slevin, Sally LaflinHelen CerulloJanet Murray, Tony LewisCaren HarrisSarah AtkinTara KellyHannah CassapLynsey Miles