London Marathon: Sue Strachan desires to
|London Marathon 2018|
|Date: Sunday, 22 April Begin occasions (BST): Elite wheelchair (08:55), World Para-athletics Marathon World Cup (09:00), Elite Ladies (09:15), Elite Males & Mass begin (10:00)|
|Protection: Dwell on BBC TV, HD, Crimson Button, 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio London, on-line, cell, the BBC Sport app and Related TV|
As we construct as much as the London Marathon on Sunday, 22 April, Get Impressed is bringing you 5 inspiring tales – one every day till race day – about runners who will probably be taking up the 26.2-mile course. Right here is the third story …
“My means to do psychological arithmetic is gone, my focus ranges are very low and my sense of path has gone. I are likely to repeat myself loads and I get very drained.”
Sue Strachan, 62, was recognized with vascular dementia – a condition caused by reduced blood flow to the brain – in September 2014.
However on Sunday, 22 April, Sue will probably be working the London Marathon as she continues her “mission to problem individuals’s perceptions” of the sickness by displaying that dementia won’t maintain her again from ending the 26.2-mile route.
After her prognosis she was instructed by her physician that conserving match and exercising may assist handle her signs.
From Sofa to 5k, to half-marathon, to the ‘huge one’
Sue, who lives along with her associate Sheila and canine Saffy in Herefordshire, adopted her physician’s recommendation and determined to take up working.
She turned to Couch to 5k, a joint BBC Get Impressed and Public Well being England mission which helps newcomers to get off the sofa and working in simply 9 weeks.
“I began off strolling for a minute, working for a minute and constructed it as much as 30 minutes of working,” she says.
At first, her purpose was to complete a half-marathon earlier than turning 60, which she did in October 2015.
However that was just the start for Sue, who now turns her consideration to what she calls “the large one”.
“I mentioned I used to be by no means going to do one thing just like the half-marathon once more; however then I made a decision to use for the London Marathon,” she says.
‘I’ve solely obtained misplaced as soon as thus far’
Sue’s coaching has been going properly however her sickness does throw up some challenges.
“One of many questions individuals all the time ask me after they hear I am coaching for a marathon is do I ever get misplaced after I’m out working,” she explains.
“I’ve to make sure I plot my routes earlier than I am going. I stick with the identical routes round the place I dwell. I do know all of the landmarks, however I typically cannot keep in mind the order they arrive in.
“Nonetheless, I’ve solely obtained misplaced as soon as thus far and though it was upsetting I obtained re-orientated and made my manner dwelling okay.”
With dementia affecting round 850,00zero individuals in the UK, and vascular dementia the second commonest kind, Sue will probably be working for the Alzheimer’s Analysis charity.
“I wish to do as a lot as attainable whereas I’m nonetheless ready, to boost consciousness of dementia and fundraise for analysis within the hope that at some point there will probably be a remedy for this terrible illness.”