Danielle Hood is gearing up to run this year’s Scottish Half Marathon for Cancer Research UK in memory of her Dad, Martin who she lost in April 2016.
This year’s event, which falls on Sunday 23rd September, coincides with her late Dad’s birthday which will is sure to make to add even more emotion to the occasion.
“I entered the Scottish Half Marathon because I was looking for a challenge – I had recently started running as part of a weight loss program and was really enjoying it. I’m a driving instructor and one of my pupils told me she was doing a half marathon and suggested I might like to have a go. When I saw this run was being held on my Dad’s birthday, I decided it would be a perfect goal to aim for. My dad, Martin, had been diagnosed with lung cancer a few years ago, so to be able to raise money for Cancer Research UK at the same time as running meant I couldn’t say no.
“The doctors had caught dad’s cancer early because of a persistent cough he had and so were able to get started on the treatment straight away. He had chemotherapy and radiation, although he didn’t like to talk about the treatment too much. Miraculously, he went into remission for two years, but in April 2016 he died from an aneurysm in his lung. Without Cancer Research UK, I wouldn’t have had my Dad for as long as I did.
“He was a man who loved to laugh – usually at the most inappropriate things! I can still hear his laugh whenever I need to, as it’s the sound I heard most whenever I saw him. He was adventurous, always up for trying anything – the last time we went to visit, he took us to have a go on Segways! We didn’t manage it – he hadn’t checked the place was open out of season and we got a puncture halfway back, which he just took as an excuse for some coffee and cake! He’s sorely missed, but I know that when I cross the finish line in Edinburgh he would have been very proud of me.”
Join Danielle and run for CRUK at this year’s Scottish Half Marathon + 10K: https://www.scottishhalfmarathon.com/run-for-charity/affiliate-charities/?charities_id=395.