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From a few metres to a half marathon

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

By Kerry Ashdown

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1435148-O5_SNCL251113Heidi Sams[2]

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A STAFFORD woman taking on the town’s half marathon in honour of a friend with terminal lung cancer is calling on fellow runners to join her team.

Two years ago Heidi Sams couldn’t run more than a few metres.

But with the support of partner Robert Burgess, who takes on endurance events for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his mother, she has gone on to become a keen long distance runner, raising funds for good causes in her own right.

She is currently on the reserve list for the London Marathon and in March she will be taking on Stafford Half Marathon to raise funds for the Roy Castle Lung Foundation.

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The cause is close to her heart as friend and fellow fundraiser Lyn Barrington has inoperable lung cancer. Heidi, 41, lost fiancé Bill Sunderland to cancer when he was just 35.

She said: “I started running about 18 months to two years ago. At the time I was at home, feeling sorry for myself, and Robert was doing 24 hour mountain bike racing events. I thought I would give running a go.

“The first time I ran I managed a few metres and felt sick. But I carried on, my partner bought me a mountain bike, and it went from there.

“I became quite passionate about running. I have gone from a size 18 to 12 and it got me fit. My son Tom, 23, runs with me too – he’s a good pace setter.”

Heidi is training for the Stafford Half Marathon at LS Fitness, near Stafford Rangers’ ground. Anyone who signs up to run the event for the Roy Castle Lung Foundation and joins her team can use LS Fitness’ treadmills for free.

For more information or to join the team visit the Facebook page Roy’s Runners for Stafford Half Marathon.

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