On Sunday 28th April 2019 we are proud to have Laura Morris running the iconic London Marathon on behalf of Shrewsbury Town in the Community. This is her story.
Last year Laura’s husband, Paul Morris, was intending to run the London Marathon to raise money for several local charities after being diagnosed with terminal Esophageal and Liver cancer at the end of 2017; wanting to leave a lasting legacy for his family. After smashing his target of raising over £10,000, Paul tragically passed away on the 31st March 2018, before he had chance to take part in the race.
Now Laura will be running the 2019 race in memory of Paul and for their 4 children to leave behind a legacy as he intended. Laura will be running as part of the wider #TeamMoz which was first started by Paul, with members of the team raising money for different charities.
We are delighted that Laura has chosen for all money raised by herself will be donated to Shrewsbury Town in the Community to enable us to carry on helping those in Shropshire reach their potential and achieve their goals, whatever they may be.
One example of this is our Kick Cancer project, which you can find out more about here – Kick Cancer
As the big day is only just over a month away Laura has given us an update on how her training has been going and how she is feeling as the race draws near…
“Training has been going well, I along with the rest of #TeamMoz have been going to a social running group on a Tuesday night and have been taking part in various events at the weekends to help with our long runs.
Along with training and looking after the children I have been doing a fee fundraising events. Some of the team have organised a ladies night on the 29th March at the Havana club. £15 a ticket (If anyone is interested in a ticket contact Mel on 07581708610 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’m in the process of organising a craft/homemade fair dates tbc.
I’m actually really excited about doing the marathon (at the moment!) Having my family and friends either running with me or just supporting me is truly amazing and if I didn’t have them all with me I wouldn’t be able to do it. The run itself is going to be emotional but I know Paul will be watching over us on the day and getting us round!”
As there is now only a week to go until Laura takes on the London Marathon she has given us another quick update about her progress!
Training is still going well, so well that I have even been a for a run whilst on holiday! I’m starting to get really excited about the main event now with less than a week to go until the race! Not sure I will be so excited on the morning but we will see.
I’m also pleased with how fundraising is going although I still have a little way to go to hit my target of £1,500 so any last minute donations will be greatly appreciated!
After the marathon, we caught up with Laura to find out how the race went and how she felt after finishing! Laura completed the course in less than 8 hours and had the following to say about her experience!
I can’t say I was nervous in the run up to the big day just really excited. The day itself was great, the atmosphere in the starting pens was buzzing, and I have honestly never seen so many people in one place!The crowds as you are going around the course is pretty cool too, people handing out sweets and people with ‘power up’ signs just added to the fun.
The run came with some difficulties, one of the #TeamMoz members I was running with unfortunately had to pull out at half way with quite a serious hip injury resulting in a trip to hospital. She is fine now and one the way to recovery.
After I had left my friend in the hands of the St John’s crew and her husband I continued the course with another runner who we met on course. We helped each other around the rest of the course, crossing the finish line together.
The whole experience was great, and I can’t wait to do it all again (hopefully!)
We would like to thank Laura and all of #TeamMoz for their efforts in training and preparation in this years race and running on behalf of the Shrewsbury Town in the Community to help raise funds for many of our projects to continue inspiring and engaging with the local community. Laura has set herself the target of raising £1,500. You can help her by clicking here to donate now.