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Communications Manager for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB and one of Ordnance Survey’s Get Outside Champions, Rebecca, is taking on the Merthyr Virtual Half Marathon on September 20th 2020.

Rebecca explains why she is supporting City Hospice:

“I’m always moved by the work that City Hospice does. I’ve gone through bereavement and have been saddened by how few people are comfortable talking about death and end of life care, and try to be quite open about it myself.

City Hospice provides fantastic care for people and their loved ones in their own homes, and I’d like to support that as much as I can.

I’m doing the Merthyr Virtual Half Marathon on Sept 20. The idea is to run 13.1 miles, either in one go or over several days in the week leading up to the event, and as long as we arrive at Merthyr College (socially distanced) with proof of our run, we’ll get the medal and tee-shirt. I’m aiming to run the distance in one go on the day, along my favourite section of the Taff Trail from Abercynon, via Pontygwaith. I was looking forward to the half marathon earlier this year in March and my training had been going really well!

To be honest, my running’s not where it was pre-Covid! I lost my mojo halfway through lockdown, due to illness, but now I’m back to running two or three times a week and really enjoying it again. I did a nine-mile hilly run last week, so although I’m not quite up to the distance I reached in March, I’m doing more challenging trail runs and hoping this will carry me through! It will be my third half marathon, after the Llanelli Coastal Path and Cardiff. I was part of City Hospice’s brilliant team at Cardiff last year and raised my target of £250, which I was delighted about. Seeing others in the green vests along the route was very motivational!

I’ll be sad if we go into a local lockdown, as I live in RCT and I won’t be able to do my planned route. But if that happens, I’ll just run up and down the Taff Trail closer to home! I’m really looking forward to it and not putting pressure on myself regarding the time it takes. I did the Cardiff Half in 2.14, which I was really happy with, but this is a hilly route with no lovely supporters to hand me sweets! So I’m telling myself it’s ok if I walk some of the steeps bits and I’ll just enjoy the views on the way.”

Daisy Magill, Fundraising and Events Coordinator said:

“Thank you so much Rebecca for taking on Merthyr Virtual Half Marathon to support City Hospice. From us all at City Hospice, we wish you the best of luck – we will be with you every step of the way.”

If you would like to support Rebecca, you can do this here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rebecca-lees7

If you would like more information about our Virtual Challenge or to sign-up please visit: https://www.cityhospice.org.uk/get-involved/upcoming-events/virtual-challenge-september/

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