She’s more used to collecting in the fruits of other people’s fund-raising efforts – but for Linzi Young the running shoe is now on the other foot.
Linzi is the fund-raising manager at Trinity Hospice, and she is doing her bit for the hospice and for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal by taking part in this year’s London Marathon.
Linzi, a keen runner for 10 years, says she hopes to raise £500 with her efforts.
“I’ve already got £300, but every penny counts,” she said.
“I am looking forward to taking part, but there’s also an element of sheer fear.”
Linzi, 32, won a place in last year’s marathon in the capital through her running club, Wesham Road Runners, but had to pull out because of an injury.
Her place was held over for a year.
She said: “It was make or break for me, either I took part in it or I lost my place. This was my one chance.
“I also want to lead by example. We’re seeing our supporters doing all sorts of crazy things for our appeal and we need to join them.”
With the marathon taking place on April 13, Linzi is training hard to make sure she gives it her best effort.
“A lot of people think the marathon is the hardest thing to do, but actually it’s the training that you have to put in,” she added.
“It does take over your life – I’ve kissed goodbye to my social life since signing up. But if 30,000 people can do this, then so can I.
“The weather hasn’t been kind to me, but I’m up to 18 miles. The fact that I am doing this for Trinity is worth getting up at 7.30am on Sundays.”
And as the event draws nearer, Linzi, from Fleetwood, says excitement is building.
She added: “I know the atmosphere on the day is going to be amazing, and my dad will be there to cheer me on.
“I just want to enjoy it, that’s my goal.
“I have a target to do it in under five hours, but if I don’t make it at least I’ll have taken part.”
Our Hospice Heroes appeal is aiming to raise £200,000 for Trinity and Brian House children’s hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham. Our money will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for the biggest refurbishment in the hospice’s 28-year history, including creating single rooms on the inpatient unit.
To sponsor Linzi, visit www.justgiving.com/Linzi-Young-Marathon.