update: I’ve put up a donation page here: https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/bethan
Last year, with a bit of a
nudge shove from an old friend Huw, I finally got up the gumption to go for a run.
For years I’d said “I don’t see what people like about running” or “I only run if I’m chasing a ball” but after a few outings with Huw I got to understand a few of the reasons why people run for fun.
So last year I managed to run somewhere in the region of 500km, with two 10km races thrown in. I went from 110kg to my current plateau at 95kg (still a bit to get rid of but I’m not concerned). I learnt that running was good for one thing: an exercise I could fit into my lunch without feeling too guilty about time out of the office.
This year I wanted to do something for a different reason and unfortunately I was reminded of that reason this morning.
This is Bethan
Bethan is/was one of my oldest and dearest friends. We’ve known each other for about 20 years and I can’t even say how we know each other. We didn’t go to the same school we just had paths that crossed, and she was so vivacious and fun that it was impossible not to like her. She travelled half way round the world to be at my wedding and I have some awesome memories of times we spent together.
Sadly in 2012 at the age of 30 Bethan was diagnosed with bowel cancer, the diagnosis was somewhat complicated by her giving birth in 2011 so by the time they found out what was wrong it was too late for her. She sadly passed away peacefully yesterday/today (not sure when and timezones mess everything up)
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bethan’s husband and daughter, Scott and Abigail.
This year I’m running in two half marathons, and a full marathon and all in memory of Bethan, I’m hoping to collect for bowel cancer research and I’m looking at trying to get a trust fund together for Abigail. If anyone knows a good way to do this let me know..
Farewell Bethan but you’ll always live in our hearts and in Abigail.