News Iain Cousins to Run the London Marathon for the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA) Iain Cousins to Run the London Marathon for the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA)

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Report by Ian Lockyer
2018-02-08 23:48:27

Iain Cousins to Run the London Marathon for the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA)

Thanet Roadrunner, Iain Cousins, is going to be running the London marathon on the 22nd April 2018 to raise funds for the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA) who support people living with the disease and fund research into treatment. 

Iain took up running in 2014 when his wife was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease.  It was purely for practical purposes as he needed to walk the dog quickly!  After she sadly died, Iain continued to run and joined Thanet Roadrunners in January 2015 (although the dog had retired as soon as she could). 

Motor Neuron Disease is an incurable, life-limiting disease where the nerves cause muscles stop working.  He said, ‘There are no effective treatments, and patients have a life expectancy of 5 years, many have much less.  The MNDA helps patients have the best quality of life as possible, providing equipment such as communications and other aids.  They also fund research into finding a treatment to modify the course of the disease.’

London will be Iain’s first marathon, and he is aiming for a challenging time of 3 hours 15 minutes.

He said, ‘I think it will be a very emotional day.  I am expecting difficult times as well as uplifting times throughout the course.  I would like to make Caroline proud as she watches down on me, and also justify everybody’s support of me.

Everyone at the club wishes Iain every success with his training and fundraising.  If you want to sponsor Iain, please visit his fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/iain-cousins1

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