Lucy’s marathon challenge

Lucy Marsh.
Lucy Marsh.

An Eastbourne resident inspired her daughter-in-law to get her running shoes on for charity.

Lucy Marsh put her best foot forward and joined other fundraisers in Brighton on Sunday February 16 to pound the city’s streets during its half marathon.

The 28-year-old had spoken to her mother-in-law Wendy about the work she does for the charity Cruse and their need for donations and support from the community.

Lucy said, “It got me thinking about how I can help. So, on a sunny April day last year I decided it would be good to register to take part in the Brighton Half Marathon to raise money.

“It seemed a long way off, being 10 months away, but I began training at least twice a week. This was quite pleasant during the summer months but less so as the year progressed.”

As well as preparing herself for the challenge that lay ahead Lucy went to task on raising as much money as possible for the charity.

She set up a Just Giving page and asked family and friends to forgo buying her Christmas presents and instead donate the money they would have spent to the cause. In turn, she also saved all the money she would have spent on Christmas presents and donated it to Cruse.

In the meantime Wendy embarked on a mammoth bake-athon, baking from scratch and selling the cakes, which helped boost funds by more than £200.

By race day more than £700 had been raised and Lucy’s employers Boots the Chemist, also pledged to match the first £500 of sponsorship through its Make the Difference fund, which took the total to more than £1,200.

Of the event itself, which Lucy had hoped to finish within two hours, she said, “We were blessed with unusually pleasant weather on the morning of the 16th everyone set off at precisely 9am in high spirits with the crowd of spectators cheering me and the other runners on.

“I enjoyed the first 8 miles but after that things got tougher.

“The final three miles from 10 until the finish were a real battle, but eventually I crossed the line 3 minutes short of 2 hours, to great relief.

“I received my medal at the finish line feeling proud of all the money I had managed to raise for Cruse.”

Cruse Bereavement Care provides support for people either before or after the death of someone close, in your own home or as part of a group. Support is given by trained bereavement support volunteers, which is available for adults and for children.

Cruse offers a national 24 hour helpline - 0844 477 9400 or e-mail and the Eastbourne Branch of Cruse can be contacted at the William and Patricia Venton Centre in Junction Road or by phoning 642942 or e-mailing:

People can still donate to the Just Giving page Lucy has set up via: