Jan Hazirci has run the Virgin Money London Marathon before and jumped at the opportunity to run it again, this time in aid of a cause that is close to home, MS-UK. ‘I ran the London Marathon in 2014 and I thoroughly enjoyed everything from training to fundraising to the actual run of 26.2 miles. I chose MS-UK because my sister’s husband is a sufferer and is deteriorating rapidly. I’ve seen the heart-breaking changes to his health that he has endured. I know MS-UK is a fantastic organisation supporting and helping people with MS from the first phone call from someone who’s been diagnosed to helping the likes of me with fundraising tips.’
‘I know MS-UK is a fantastic organisation supporting and helping people with MS…’
Jan has been training for the Virgin Money London Marathon since she accepted an MS-UK Gold Bond charity place and has been training hard to help her with the feat. Jan runs and trains with a running club and from November until April has run four 10k runs, three half marathons and one 5k! She has also been reaching targets ever since, with a personal best (PB) in her last half marathon and two more approaching.
‘I’m training hard and getting faster and fitter. The thing that I didn’t know before was that I’m a good runner, I have persistence, determination and I’m very strong.’
Jan has pledged to raise £2,000 for MS-UK and so far has had a brilliant response from friends and family in helping to reach that target! Several different fundraising avenues have been explored such as car boot sales, donations from football teams, shop collections and the tips Jan’s husband collects in a month will be added to her total. Jan has been supported particularly by her husband Hakan and her two boys Hasan and Mehmet Hazirci.
‘I feel honored to be able to raise as much money as I can for MS-UK and run the London Marathon. Their professional help for people coping with MS is truly wonderful and if they can help just one person or family who struggles with this terrible condition….then all the hours of pounding the streets in the cold, dark, wind and rain, the blackening of toenails, every single bead of sweat is worth it.’
Everyone at MS-UK wishes Jan luck with her running and hopes she enjoys her Virgin Money London Marathon challenge!