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Be inspired to run in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival for Team Macmillan

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival will take place on the 7th and 8th October, and there is still time to register for a charity place with Macmillan Cancer Support, the official charity partner of the running festival.

If you are not sure that the weekend-long celebration of running is for you, then maybe you will be inspired by a Bournemouth woman who will be running in the 5k, 10k and the half marathon.

Amy Spreadbury who completed the Half Marathon in 2015 and in 2016 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support has this year decided to run the 5k, 10k and the Half Marathon.

Amy the Director of Sales at the Village Hotel in Bournemouth says “Cancer has affected so many of my loved ones. Sadly, I have lost two relatives this year and three other people close to me have been diagnosed with cancer. Luckily, we have had family and friends to support us, but not everyone does. So that is why I am running for Macmillan Cancer Support because nobody has to suffer alone, and with the fantastic work Macmillan do, nobody has to”.

If you have been inspired by Amy’s story, then visit Team Macmillan’s page on the Bournemouth Marathon Festival website to register for a place. 

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Emma Richman
Half Marathon Challenge in Mum’s Memory
CHARITY RUNNER Emma Richman is gearing up to take part in the Bournemouth Half Marathon to raise funds for Target Ovarian Cancer in memory of her mum, Linda, who tragically passed away from the disease aged 64.

Emma decided to run the half marathon to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, and to raise funds to help aid future research.

“There’s 14 of us running and we’ll all be wearing charity vests to show our support. I’m not a natural runner so this is a real challenge to me but with the support of my friends, I know I can cross the finish line where my dad will be waiting.” said Emma.

Emma is also keen to highlight the common symptoms which are associated with this particular type of cancer, urging women to visit their GP if they notice any changes. Having a bloated tummy, feeling full and the need to go to the toilet more than usual are all symptoms associated ovarian cancer, especially if you have any of these symptoms more than 12 times a month.

“Nothing can prepare you for the sudden death of a parent but I knew when my mum, Linda, passed away I had to do something about getting this information out to women. My mum had every single sign & symptom but as a family we were unaware of them at the time.” said Emma.

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October and with eight races on offer over the two days, there’s something for all ages and abilities. If you’d like to donate to Emma and her team, you can do so here

If you are inspired to run for charity or a cause close to you heart you can sign up online at

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