21 May 2015
Vicky buying her new trainers
Teacher Vicky Lyon raced to running shop 'Run and Become' in Edinburgh to buy new trainers after winning a £50 voucher in a Macmillan Cancer Support competition.
The mother-of-two from Roslin is running the Edinburgh Marathon on May 31 in memory of her friend Glenda Jappy who died of ovarian cancer.
She won the voucher after liking and responding to our Facebook post as part of a social media competition to promote the event.
It is the fourth marathon Vicky, 40, will have run this year, after competing in the Loch Katrine, Brighton and London marathons.
Vicky, who works as a Support for Learning teacher at Lasswade High School, had originally planned to do the half-marathon in Edinburgh but upgraded to the marathon when she decided to run in memory of her old school friend.
Glenda had just turned 40 when she died of ovarian cancer last year within weeks of being diagnosed.
'I thought: ‘I can’t do the half-marathon for Glenda.’, says Vicky, who is also secretary of the Penicuik Harriers Running Club. 'She was not a half sort of person. She was just full of life. Her candle didn’t burn very long but it burned very brightly.'
Vicky has set up a Virgin Money Giving page to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
She is also planning to run a Guess the Song competition on the day of the marathon where people pay money to buy a song from her playlist. The person who chooses the song that is playing when she crosses the finishing line, will win half the kitty.