Bucks student takes on marathon challenge to beat bowel cancer in memory of her grandmother

Posted on - 20/03/2017
Author: Communications Team

Georgina Bird, 20, from Penn in Bucks will be taking on the ultimate challenge on 23rd April by running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer.

A second year Mechanical Engineering student at Exeter University, Georgina, is taking on the challenge in memory of her grandmother Mary Bridget Dolores Townend, who died from bowel cancer in 2013 at the age of 76.


Georgina said: “Nan was a retired nurse and life long fundraiser and volunteer for Cancer Research, I want to run the London Marathon in her memory and to carry on her fundraising.  After losing her to bowel cancer, running to raise funds for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer was an obvious choice.”


Asked how her training is going, Georgina said: “I’ve always played sport but running is new to me. Training is going well, although I am finding running a little boring but it is all worth it. I’m starting to build up miles and have covered a half marathon distance so far.’


“I think the biggest challenge will be having thousands of runners around me and trying to set a good pace from the start so I can actually cross the finish line. But I’m sure determination will get me round as it’s for such a good cause. Also the support from the side-lines from friends and family along with the general atmosphere of the crowds will be a big help. And that Nan would be so proud.”


To donate to Georgina’s fundraising efforts please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Georgie-Bird6