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A big cheer and a massive thank you to Dr Jules Cuthbert, one of our team of 44 runners running the London Marathon on 2 October. Here Jules shares why she’s running for #TeamPSPA

“I have the absolute privilege of fundraising and running the 2022 London Marathon for PSPA. I chose to run for the charity as following my Mum’s PSP diagnosis in October 2021, PSPA have provided a huge amount of support to Mum with the “New Diagnosis Zoom group” and to Dad and I with information about the disease, progression and knowing how to access help and services.

I am an Emergency Medicine consultant and knew very little about PSP when Mum was diagnosed. PSPA has provided the family with a wealth of information and resources and it is essential that the charity gets the financial support it needs to be able to continue doing the awesome work it does.

Although I have run two half marathons in the past, I haven’t done much running for a good few years. Training is (so far!) going to plan and although fitting sessions in around my shifts has been a challenge at times, I am up to 10 miles on long run days and have managed to stay injury free. I am now really enjoying my training sessions and the sense of achievement getting to big distances brings is great and plan to continue running after the marathon. I have been sharing my training progress on Strava and social media along with my JustGiving page and with 8 weeks to go I have already raised more than £2,000.

My family, friends and work colleagues have been incredibly supportive and encouraging throughout my training journey and whilst I know I will be nervous, I am really looking forward to the big race day. All I can say to anyone who is thinking about signing up is do it – you will be doing it for a great cause and you will also experience something truly awesome!”

Good luck Jules!

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