A Doncaster health worker who took up running less than three years ago will this month follow in the footsteps of her late father when she tackles her maiden marathon.
Vic Hasall, from Town Moor, is busy fine-tuning her training for the 26.2 miles long London Marathon on Sunday 22 April when, as a member of Team Breathe, she will be fund-raising for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) charity.
It will be an emotional day for the 44-year-old assistant practice manager at Kingthorne Practice, as she sets out to mirror her dad, Philip Lockyer’s, running achievements. Philip, sadly, died in 2009 having completed three London Marathons.
Vic said: “Both my mother and father in law, who were very dear to me, and another relative, Mick, have died from lung disease, which is why I wanted to support BLF.
“Completing the London marathon is an ambition I’ve had since I started running and I’ll be thinking about them all as I pound along the London streets. They will keep me going.
“I set a target of £1,800 but I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people, including many patients at Kingthorne and a fund-raising night at Bentley, which helped me take my current total beyond £3,500. For strangers to hand me money and support me has really pushed me to train hard.
“My god-daughter Abi Green, and her brother Max, raised money from a dress-down day at Barnby Dun Primary Academy, as did another youngster – Lacey Lloyd – at Kirk Sandall Infant School. Abi, Max and Lacey’s mums work at Kingthorne. It’s a massive motivation knowing so many people are backing me.”
Before starting training with Doncaster’s Footmark runners in 2015, Vic couldn’t run for more than 30 seconds without getting breathless. But twice-weekly sessions have boosted her fitness levels to the point where she now has a collection of 5k, 10k, 10 miles and half marathons under her belt and is now confidently eyeing the London finishing line.
“Running is a great way of getting fit and there’s a superb social side. If I can do it, anyone can, providing you have the commitment. I feel much better, both physically and mentally, she added.
“I’m currently running up to 20 miles in a single training session, following a strict schedule in the countdown to the race.”
Family members and colleagues from Kingthorne Practice – where she’s worked for the past 26 years – will be travelling to London on April 22nd to cheer Vic on as she runs the race of her life.
• If you would like to donate to Vic’s fund-raising challenge, please visit Virgin Money Giving and search for Victoria Hassall’s page.