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Jenni Brooks ran the Chester Marathon on 7 October and raised a fantastic £266! She says: 'I had my thyroid removed nine months ago after being diagnosed with Graves' disease back in 2007. When my sister persuaded me to do a marathon with her, and people started offering me sponsor money, I thought it'd be nice to collect for the BTF, whose information had been invaluable in helping me to decide to go ahead with the operation.

'It was a lovely sunny day, and the first couple of hours were great fun. It turns out 26.2 miles is a very long way! I don't think I'd have got round without my sister Lorraine, who is FAR more stubborn than me, and was determined to get her shiny medal. I'm afraid I locked myself in a portaloo after 22 miles, and didn't come out until she threatened to topple it over.

'We finished last, in just under seven hours - a fabulous achievement for two non-runners who could probably have done with a little more training! This time last year I could never have imagined I'd have done it.

'Everyone's been so supportive. Thank you, BTF, for all the good work you do!'

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Faye Jones ran the Great South Run on 27 October 2012 and raised £200. She says: 'The race went well. I did it in 32 minutes which is my best time so far. It was absolutely freezing but it did not take me long to warm up. The dona tions and the people cheering me on kept me going!'

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Janet Prentice, Birmingham BTF Local Coordinator, shares: 'I am very proud to announce that my husband, Neil, volunteered to raise funds for the BTF by taking part in a ten-day cycle from 24 August to 2 September 2012 from John O'Groats to Lands End (JOGLE). Team' The 'NPA JoGLe' consisted of cyclists Paul, Andy and Neil and support car driver Mick, who are all members of the Centurion running club. The team averaged a very arduous 100 miles a day over undulating terrain and raised just over £1,250 for the BTF!

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Rebecca Roberts completed the Lake Vrynwy Half Marathon on 9 September 2012 in a great two hours and seven minutes and raised £135. Her timing was impeccable as she had just found out two days before that her Mum, who had half her thyroid removed in July, had been given the news that the other half was cancer-free so wouldn't need to be removed.

 

Jo Shaw has raised an amazing £1,700 running the Robin Hood Half Marathon in two hours 15 minutes on 30 September 2012.

She says: 'I went along to support some friends who were running the 2010 Robin Hood Half Marathon and found myself wishing that I was capable of doing it too.

'It took another year of half-hearted attempts at running on the roads local to me before I decided that 2012 was going to be the year that I actually did something about it.

'Whilst doing a half marathon was a huge achievement for me personally, I also wanted to get something else out of it. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in December 2007 and as this is my fifth year anniversary I thought it would be appropriate to try and raise some cash for the BTF at the same time.

'I can't thank enough the generosity of those who sponsored me, those who kept me going come rain or shine and my partner John who was OK with the training as long as I was home in time for him to go and play golf!'

 

Steve Robb has completed his series of six half marathons in aid of the BTF, which he decided to do after discovering his daughter Eilidh was born without a thyroid gland. He finished his amazing achievement with a personal best of two hours five minutes 23 seconds in the Aviemore Half Marathon on 14 October. Since the last newsletter he has also completed the Dundee Half Marathon and the Great Scottish Run. In total he has raised nearly £900 – thank you so much Steve for your dedication!

 

Mrs A Di-Vincenzo-Kelly, London raised £40 on a BTF Big Summer Walk.

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Jill Liddington of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire aimed to raise £250 with a sponsored walk, and has already exceeded her target. Jill says: 'I have had hypothyroidism for 15 months now, so I know how important the BTF networks are, working in partnership with the NHS. I wanted to organise the sponsored walk, not only to fundraise, but also to increase public awareness of thyroid disorders. Unless someone has a friend or family member with hypothyroidism, they are unlikely to have heard of it. 'I was delighted that the sun was shining on Saturday. With my partner Julian, I started out from Hebden Bridge to walk ten miles along the Rochdale canal - and gradually friends joined us! By the time we got beyond 'Incredible Edible' Todmorden, there were seven of us. And we all reached our destination: Littleborough. 'I love walking anyway. But to walk and raise money for something like the BTF so close to my heart made it special. And the best bit was seeing all the messages from family and friends, cheering me on my way. So, thank you all!'

 

Maren Preussler has raised £307 on JustGiving for the BTF. She says: 'I mainly did the fundraising as I was diagnosed with Graves' disease about two years ago. At that time I wasn't aware of how thyroid disorders can affect people's life. I received a lot of information from the BTF, which helped me to cope enormously. Because you wouldn't be able to do this without funding, I decided to open a JustGiving page and did a lot of advertising on social media websites. Luckily there have been generous friends of mine and other people who were willing to donate.'