A LOVING daughter, who completed the London Marathon in memory of her mum ‘knew she was with her’ in spirit during the recent event.
Catherine Hurdman, 33, of Spilsby has managed to raise a staggering £1,291 so far, with more money still coming in, which will go towards helping charity Ovarian Cancer Action, a disease that her mother sadly lost her fight to.
“The whole experience was absolutely amazing and I cannot thank the people enough who gave so generously to the charity I am supporting. I know my mum was there with me and the support of my family also kept me going,” said Catherine.
Sadly in 1995, Catherine’s mother, Shirley Borrell, lost her fight with ovarian cancer after a four year battle and ever since, the family has been raising money for the charity.
“I am aiming to reach the £2,500 mark for the charity because the work they do is so important,” added Catherine.
Through vigorous training since last November and sheer determination, Catherine managed to complete the 26.2 mile stretch in six hours, fifty five minutes, which she described as a ‘huge achievement’ and the support of her husband, children and sister-in-law along the sidelines helped keep her going.
“Seeing my family at various points really helped me keep going, I think I hit the wall so to speak, about mile 16 but the fun runners and everyone in London who came to watch, helped you get through it,” explained Catherine.
Despite such a long day, which saw the family waking at 4am to travel down from their hotel to the start line and of course the marathon itself, Catherine was back on shift on Monday where she works as a practice nurse in Louth.
“Bizarrely enough, I feel physically fine so far, I’ve only got a black toe nail on one foot but that’s it and I was back at work the next day,” she said.
Through her experiences of being in and out of hospital, since the age of 11, Catherine didn’t choose to follow in her mother and father’s footsteps of becoming a teacher but the medical professionals that looked after her mother inspired her to become a nurse.
Mrs Borrell was the reception class teacher at Wainfleet Magdalen School where she worked with Catherine’s father as the headteacher and Mr Borrell now works as the headteacher at Friskney Primary School.
“I want to thank all the schools for their help with sponsorship including Burgh-le-Marsh Primary School where my husband David is the deputy headteacher and anyone still wishing to donate can do so via my Virgin Money giving Page,” said Catherine.
To donate to the charity and support Catherine visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/catherinehurdman.