How to Take On An 175 Mile Challenge in Memory of Mum

Steven Snell is running over 175 miles to raise money for Breast Cancer Care in memory of his Mum.

Steven Snell, 32, is taking on five 10ks, nine half marathons and one full Yorkshire Marathon to raise money for Breast Cancer Care in memory of his Mum - Jackie Snell.

Steven will be taking on this mighty challenge over the next few months. His 175 miles will conclude at 2018’s Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday 14th October.

Inspired by his mum’s courageous battle with breast cancer, Steven promises to not stop until he has completed this incredible challenge.

Jackie sadly lost her battle with Cancer in 2009. Speaking to Run For All, Steven said: “My mum was a wonderful lady, who had time for everyone and anyone. She was always very welcoming and made people feel at home.

“She was the most fantastic wife, mother, nana and friend you would ever meet. She was taken from us far too early.

“Mum fought with everything she had. She still wanted to see everyone and be herself as much as possible until the very end.”

Steven is running for an extremely important cause. Breast Cancer UK are the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer.

We all know someone who has been effected by Cancer in some shape or form. Steven is not only running for his mum, but everyone who has ever been effected by the disease.

“It's a strange feeling being told that a loved one has cancer. You are hit with everything: anger, fear, confusion. You say to yourself, ‘this doesn't happen to people like us’.

“But the fact is, we all know someone or have family who have been affected by the Big C at some point.

“Cancer is every bit of the word. It is a horrific thing to go through. It is awful to see someone you love and look up to fight with all their heart to try and beat this horrid disease.”

So far, Steven has smashed a 10k and a half marathon - our very own Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon. He has a long way to go until that Yorkshire Marathon finish line.

Nevertheless, Steven is relishing the challenge. Since discovering the joy of running in 2017, he has become an extremely seasoned runner.

“I have always wanted to push myself and be the best person I can be, and in early 2017 I took up running” said Steven.

“To begin with, it was just to compete and work as a team to raise money for the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.

“I thought I would never get into running, but by the end of 2017 I had racked up over 1,000 miles, including four half marathons.

“I well and truly had the bug!”

Inspired by Steve? You can support Steven at a number of Run For All runs this year. Where will he be?


You can find more about Steven and his 2018 challenge at Steven's Just Giving Page.



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