Tracy Keeps On Running For Cancer Fund for Children
Tracy Gilpin from Whitehead in Co. Antrim has taken running to the next level by completing an ultra-marathon, 16 half marathons and an 27K adventure race to support Cancer Fund for Children.
Tracy decided to run an ultra-marathon and as many marathons and half marathons as her schedule would allow in 2019 to support children and young people impacted by cancer. To date the business women, married mum to three grown up children and new granny has completed The Race to the Stones 100km ultra-marathon, Killarney Quest Adventure Race as well as 16 half marathons throughout Northern Ireland, Ireland and England, despite sustaining some injuries which meant she had to stand down from three full marathons.
Tracy started running in 2009 when she began to play hockey again after a fifteen year absence. It was whilst training that she was encouraged by a
friend to take part in her first 5K. Tracy went on to complete Belfast City Marathon in 2010 to raise funds for Marie-Curie in memory of her Dad, who had passed away from cancer in 2001. This led to the formation of Tracy’s Angels, a group of like-minded runners many of whom only returned to running to fundraise, and a three year fundraising campaign for Marie-Curie.
This year Tracy decided to support Cancer Fund for Children because her good friend Kerry Rogan’s family had been supported by us after Kerry’s daughter Olivia (15) was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumour in 2017. Olivia benefitted from individual support and went sailing to Scotland twice in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, an experience that helped to rebuild Olivia’s confidence after cancer. The family also stayed together in Cancer Fund for Children’s short break facility Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, Co Down.
Speaking about Tracy’s marathon effort Kerry said,
“Cancer Fund for Children didn’t just help Olivia, they supported the whole family and helped us to heal. It’s a charity like no other. They understand the impact that childhood cancer has on the entire family and their support really helped to rebuild our family unit, making us stronger together. We are so lucky to have Cancer Fund for Children’s support and this is only made possible by special people like Tracy raising funds. I think she is awesome and I am so inspired by her.”
Tracy who has set herself the target of raising £1,800 said,
“Completing my first marathon was the best feeling ever and inspired me to keep going. So far I have raised £1,344 for Cancer Fund for Children and I’m hoping people will dig deep in these final weeks to help me meet my target. To anyone who is considering running a marathon I would say ‘If you can walk you can run, if you can run you can run a marathon.’ Just get out there and do it! You will always be running faster than people on the couch and you will find no better community to be part of than the running community.”
You can support Tracy’s marathon running effort here.