It was amazing to see some Bude runners taking part in the London Marathon at the weekend. Here are three who ran for Talan’s Trust.
Talan was a much-loved local lad whose life was taken far too soon. Talan Penny died in May 2017 from Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a type of soft tissue sarcoma that grows in the active muscles of the body. Talan was 19. The Trust aims to raise awareness of RMS and other childhood cancers and raise money for research into the disease Talan had. Talan’s Trust feeds directly into the Chris Lucas Trust, who fund a full-time researcher of childhood cancer at the Royal Marsden in south London.
Sarah Penny explained how the Trust became involved in the marathon:
We applied for the ballot in the London Marathon and were thrilled to get a place for 2019. We did a ballot ourselves and did a live video pulling Tressa Lismore’s name from the hat.With seven months to train Tress did us proud. Training for a marathon is a huge undertaking and it literally takes over your life!With a husband, full time job and two children, Tress was up at 4.30 to run at 5am before starting work at 7 towards the end when long runs are necessary.We were over the moon when Rollo Mcgrath who got a place through Bude Rats offered to run for Talan too, to make it our trio, Ella Henwood who was running for Teenage Cancer Trust asked if she could run it for Talan’s Trust as well!Talan’s Trust supporters all got behind the three of them and sent messages of support all day and we were able to track them with a interactive app.All three finished in great times despite sickness and injuries!We are so proud of them and extremely grateful for their time and massive effort.The final amount will be announced shortly.1. Tressa Lismore 4.07.332. Ella Henwood 4.58.433. Rollo Mcgrath 5.17.24