Running for Breast Cancer Care at the Whole Food Markets WomenOnly Race
By Teddington People | Tuesday, October 08, 2013, 13:01
Having beaten cancer twice Margaret Hanley will be raising money for Breast Cancer Care and taking on the Whole Food Markets WomenOnly run in Richmond Park on October 19.
Margaret Hanley will be running in the Whole Food Market Women Only run in Richmond Park on October 19.
Margaret, from Richmond, was just 37 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago. She received a successful course of chemotherapy and a lumpectomy which removed all the cancer and pre-cancerous cells. But in January 2010 she was diagnosed with leukaemia which resulted from the chemo.
However, against the odds, Margaret went on to beat the leukaemia and now feels ready to take on the run. Speaking about the event she said: "It is definitely a challenge. I am not a natural runner; I walk a lot and am a good swimmer but running is new to me. I feel great that there is a local women's only event that is raising money for a charity close to my heart - Breast Cancer Care."
When it comes to training, Margaret has been working with a personal trainer once a week. She has also been training three times a week at the gym or outside and doing a combination of running and walking.
Speaking about her condition, she said: "The diagnosis of cancer is a hard one to deal with; you just need to get through every day. Once the treatment is over, you need to take your time to recover; give your self permission to 'get well' and not push too hard. It is only now - 5 years after breast cancer and 3.5 years after leukaemia - that I feel well enough to push my body to run. Also remember everyone is individual and my timeline will be different to yours."