A RUNNER is taking on a marathon challenge in 2017 in memory of her mum, who died from breast cancer ten years ago.
Jenna Maudlin, from Dundee, has signed up for 17 marathons for her 17in17 challenge, which will see her cover a distance of around 445 miles over the year.
The 17in17 challenge will see Jenna take on marathons in the UK and further afield in locations such as Croatia, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Ljubljana, Athens and Pisa.
The 32-year-old, who will line up for the inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon on Sunday, 21 May, certainly will have her work cut out for her, since she has never ran further than a half marathon before.
“I am under no illusion that this is going to be easy and there will be some weeks where I know I will have to dig more than deep to keep going,” said Jenna, who is raising money for Breast Cancer Care. “But I'm fully ready for this challenge and I am so honoured to be able to do it for this amazing cause.”
The challenge will mark ten years since Jenna lost her mum to breast cancer – and she feels her sense of adventure is inspired by her mum, who she thought of as her ‘cheerleader'.
She said: “I have many memories of her, but something I will always remember is how much she was always on my side. It was like having a cheerleader!
“She always told me that I could do anything if I put my mind to it and would always give her full support to so many of my crazy ideas.
“I look back and some of the decisions I have made and things I have done are because of the belief in myself she taught me from such a young age and it is this legacy I want to pass on to anyone who may be inspired by my story and challenge.
“Back in 2011, I cycled Lands End to John O'Groats for MS Society, in her memory as unfortunately she suffered from MS and was unable to walk in the later years of her life.
“I remember when she quite passionately told me I needed to go out and do everything I wanted to because you never know what's going to happen next and this sparked the idea to do the cycle.
“It was such an amazing experience but I felt like I wanted to up the challenge this year to mark the tenth anniversary.
“I have chosen to support Breast Cancer Care because the work they are doing is vital to those diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.
“It is so important that charities like this exist to give the support for the people affected by breast cancer and knowing there is a charity whose vision is to give access to the best treatment, information and support available out there I feel so lucky to be a part of their efforts.”
To follow Jenna's progress, visit her Facebook page facebook.com/seventeenin17, Instagram @seventeenin17 and the website www.17in17.co.uk.
To donate to Breast Cancer Care in Jenna's name, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/17in17