Running for Evelina London - Rachel’s story
Evelina London staff member Rachel Carling explains how her London Marathon training and fundraising is going.
‘#RunRachelRun is my campaign to raise money for Evelina London by running the London Marathon. As a Consultant Metabolic Biochemist and Director of Newborn Screening, I have worked closely with the Paediatric Metabolic Team at Evelina London for the last eight years so this charity is close to my heart.
‘A subtle but definite emphasis should be placed on ‘running’ because my goal is to do exactly that: keep running. As with any challenge my approach is to tackle this head on and with just a few weeks to go until the big day, I have thrown myself into both fundraising and training. It is fair to say that one is considerably harder than the other and there is probably no need to mention that heart-sinking feeling I got when I realised the distances on my training plan were in miles not kilometres!
‘In addition to the training, I have also been scheming up fundraising initiatives. These include street collections at Christmas Fairs, a raffle, two Boot Camps, a non-uniform day at my daughter’s school and a Cup ‘n’ Cake sale at Swan Gymnastics, Stevenage.
‘A friend of mine baked and donated over 100 cupcakes for the cake sale. Starbucks, County Hall donated the cups and the Letchworth branch of Sainsbury’s provided a supply of cake boxes. Alice and I set out our stall and had barely got the last cake on the table before the hungry hoards descended; we sold 80% of the cakes in less than 30 minutes and raised a total of £157.
‘When I heard about Get Colourful, I asked my daughter’s school if they could support it. They did a great job. I managed to get Willows Farm at London Colney to donate tickets so every child got entered into a prize draw on the day which added to the proceeds.
‘Having only ever completed a half marathon prior to this, provided all goes to plan I realised that between now and 23 April I should be clocking up a personal best for distance run on a weekly basis. This gives me a small smile each time. So far I am up to 20 miles so I just need to add another 6.2 miles.
‘I am convinced it is just like learning to annotate an organic acid chromatogram – which is part of my work as a biochemist. At first it seems completely impossible, and can take you a whole day. Before you know it, it’s second nature!’
We’re wishing Rachel all the best for her upcoming marathon – you can sponsor her here. Do you have your own place in the London Marathon? Why not join our team and help raise funds for Evelina London.