The trust is the only UK charity dedicated to helping young people living with cancer find the support they need. Whether it be support with their exams or advice with first jobs, Teenage Cancer Trust makes sure young people have the support and advice they need from the very start. They provide young people with independence, support throughout treatment and the facilities to meet other young people who are going through something similar.

With thanks to everyone who has sponsored Andy, we are delighted to share that he has smashed his original target of £1,000 by raising an incredible £1,900!

We caught up with Andy to find out more about his motivation to take part in the Half Marathon.

Hi Andy, what made you decide to take part?

I was due to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon 2 years ago. We all know what happened next! Several lockdowns later and it was finally rescheduled for April 2022.

How have you prepared for the marathon and what challenges did you face whilst training?

This will be my 4th half marathon. Preparation is key. Prior to any running event I always follow a strict 10-week training programme. The plan I use prepares your body for the stress of running 13.1 miles, it also gives me focus and motivation. I did struggle around week 7 of my training!

I normally run my half marathons in the Autumn, so the training takes place in the summer. This is the first half marathon I have done in Spring! It is a struggle running 4 times a week when it’s dark, wet and cold. The warmer weather and lighter nights over the last couple of weeks have got me mentally back on track.

Why did you choose teenager cancer trust and what does the cause mean to you?

I have always tried to support the Morson Group’s chosen charities. I like running so have always put the two together. For this run, I chose to support the Teenage Cancer Trust.

When they were announced as one the charities we were supporting I knew I had to try and raise much-needed funds for them. If you read some of the personal stories on the website they are heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time! The work they do is amazing.

Were any of your friends and family there cheering you on at the side lines?

Joanne, my wife, came along to support me. We made a long weekend of it, travelled to London on the Friday, caught a show on the Saturday and then took part in the Half Marathon on the Sunday, followed by an evening a meal at The Ivy (my reward).

What advice would you give others wanting to do a half marathon for charity?

I’ve always said anyone can run! To anyone who says they will be slow! I say to them that there is always someone who is faster than you and slower than you. Who cares how fast you are. I would always advise to follow a plan, stick to it, and build up slowly. If 13.1 miles is too scary a prospect, try a 10K or even a 5K Parkrun. And don’t forget to smile and enjoy the day!

Andy smashed his first target of raising £1,000 and is now so close to raising £2,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust. If you’d like to help Andy reach this incredible amount, you can do so by donating here >