Below, Victoria’s great friend Hannah who is also Victoria’s Promise’s VERY FIRST London Marathon runner is coming close to the big day and has taken some time to reflect. It’s the start of a new year and Hannah will embark on 2 key milestones towards her journey to raise her target of £4,500 for Victoria’s Promise in memory of Victoria.

Hannah states that ‘Vicki was a close and precious friend. I vividly remember her asking me, whilst sat in her kitchen on an afternoon to run a half marathon with her. I was dubious but agreed & devastatingly, we were never able to do so as she died only a few months after she asked me. I’ve chosen to run the London marathon so I can run 2 halves for us both, in the city we both lived in and loved’.

So what is Hannah doing now to prepare herself towards her final run?

From a training perspective, Hannah will be completing her longest training run yet of 14 miles on the 13th January 2019, despite a lingering cold and the inevitable over-indulgence at Christmas, Hannah’s training is going well and is following a training plan to stay injury free. Hannah tells us ‘the 13th January fast approaches, it’s a dreary, dark time of the year that will mark the fifth anniversary since Vicki’s passing, seems a poignant and fitting day to step up my training. It’s a day I dread every year. As always, my mother Karen and I will light a candle, I’ll re-read my favourite messages from Vicks that make me laugh and cry in equal measure and I’ll take the time to remember my precious, irreplaceable friend and marvel at the brilliant, positive legacy she has created with Victoria’s Promise.’

What is Hannah doing to reach her £4,500 target?

Hannah so far has raised £1,458.75 towards her £4,500.00 goal. This was mainly generated from her ‘Love Actually Night’ at the Soho Screening Rooms just a few weeks ago. Hannah said ‘the turnout was fantastic with an incredible, generous atmosphere.’  To start 2019 with a bang,  ‘A Burns Night’ will be held on Saturday 12th January 2019 at The Cross Barn, Odiham. It will be Hannah’s second major fundraising event where all proceeds will go towards her total goal. With Victoria being half-Scottish, Hannah thought this was a great way to honour Victoria’s heritage. The night will consist of a 3-course traditional dinner, guided Ceilidh dancing, a raffle and merriment. Tickets are still available for this one of a kind event so reserve your tickets whilst you still can. Please contact Hannah McKenna on 07749 798173 directly for tickets and information.

Hannah is feeling optimistic and grateful saying ‘the generosity and support I’ve experienced has been incredible and really spurs me on during my cold morning runs around the Isle of Dogs before work. There’s some way to go with £3000 still left to raise before 28th April 2019.’

We are right behind you Hannah – good luck!!

Keep track of Hannah’s progress here.