500km for Cancer Research Wales

In the last nine months, Cancer Research Wales supporter Liz Davies has ran over 500km of races, whilst raising funds and awareness for the charity. Back in January 2018, Liz began creating a hit-list of races to enter in order to achieve her (original) goal of ’18 in 18′– that’s 18 running races in 2018.

Liz didn’t waste any time, and on the 27th January, stepped out in freezing conditions for the Hereford Winter 10K, getting her tally off to a flying start. As the initial goal became achievable, and with Liz’s determination this soon changed, as the new target of ‘500km for CRW’ was set. In total Liz has completed 37 races; five 5kms, nineteen 10kms, two 10 mile races, 10 half marathons, all the way up to her first full marathon.

Liz, who is a secondary school teacher, was running every weekend and even completed two 10km races on the same day – the first in Blaenavon, and then made the 48 mile journey to Swansea for the second race that same afternoon!

“It’s been a huge challenge in more ways than one! I’ve travelled all over the country, running in Dublin, Belfast, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Portsmouth, the list goes on! For the last year I have dedicated my entire weekends to running for Cancer Research Wales.”

Liz’s 500km challenge was completed, after conquering the Bristol Mo Run, back in November.

“I am proud to have completed this challenge, raising £800 for Cancer Research Wales, whilst wearing my CRW running vest and publicising the charity at every opportunity! I’ve also got a great variety of medals to show off!”

   

Liz’s passion for raising money for Cancer Research Wales began after losing her grandfather and father to cancer, but she then became even more determined after unfortunately getting diagnosed herself. After getting the all clear, Liz decided to face her fears as she skydived from 12,000ft.

“I needed to put myself out of my comfort zone, and jumping from a plane was the only thing that scared me; I am terrified of heights! Doing something scary whilst raising funds was the perfect way to say thank you to those that helped my father, and me throughout our treatments. It was a nerve-racking experience, but one that I am very proud (and relieved) to say I have achieved.”

Liz has now raised over £2,200 for Cancer Research Wales – through coffee mornings, non-uniform days, asking friends and family to sponsor her, and of course by jumping out of planes and running everywhere she goes!

Liz is now turning her attention to 2019’s challenge, where she will be representing Cancer Research Wales in two different marathons. The first of which is the world-famous London Marathon.

“It has been a dream of mine since I was a child, and thanks to Cancer Research Wales it is now coming true. I can’t tell you how much it means to represent CRW and I can’t wait to get started again with the training and fundraising.”

The second of Liz’s 2019 marathons is The Wales Marathon, where she will be joining #TeamCRW in the Guinness World Record Attempt, where we hope to break the record ‘for the most people linked to complete a marathon’. You can learn more about this OFFICIALLY AMAZING opportunity, and join the team at: www.cancerresearchwales.co.uk/crw_events/walesmarathon/

If you would like to take on a challenge, or would like to fundraise for Cancer Research Wales, please contact the fundraising team on 02920 316 976 or email crw@wales.nhs.uk.