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First and last London Marathons for NSFT staff

​Staff based in Ipswich and Norwich who work for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) will take part in next month’s London Marathon.

Management accountant Chris Drury, who is based at Endeavour House, Ipswich, will run her ninth and final London marathon on 28 April to raise money for the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity.

Jo Lowe, a core trainee in psychiatry, is running her first ever marathon to raise money for Sarcoma UK, the bone and soft tissue cancer charity, after her husband was diagnosed with the disease.

She worked in the Adult Community Team at Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth, recently finished a post on Whitlingham Ward, Hellesdon Hospital, and is now working at 80 St Stephen’s in Norwich with the youth team.

Chris will be 52 by the time of the marathon and after it will focus on shorter distances, such as half marathons, because she suspects her body will no longer be able to cope with the full 26.2 miles.

Despite that, she still hopes to complete the marathon in under four hours for the first time. Her London Marathon times so far have varied between 4hrs 7mins and 4hrs 49mins – the latter after twisting her ankle just six miles in. Chris also ran the New York Marathon in 2005.

“I ran my first marathon in 2000, after which I vowed ‘never again’, but it’s something I’ve continued to do for the sense of achievement it gives me,” she said.

“Over the years, I think I’ve raised between £20,000 and £25,000 for various causes from running marathons and shorter distances, such as the Great North Run and more local events.
“I’ve chosen Breast Cancer Now this time because both my mum and best friend died from the condition.”

Chris took up running after giving up playing hockey, and among the organisations she has supported are Ormiston Families, Whizz-Kidz and Phab.

Jo started training in August last year with the “Couch to 5K” programme, progressed to running her first half marathon – the Ringland Half Marathon – in under two hours earlier this month.

She said: "Ben received a late diagnosis of sarcoma in February 2018 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. I had never heard of the charity Sarcoma UK before he was diagnosed.

“About 15 people in the UK are diagnosed each day and they desperately need money to fund research, raise awareness and to run their support lines.”

* The pair have already raised a total in excess of £6,000.

To support Jo’s fundraising efforts, visit:

Anyone who would like to support Chris can do so via:

Caption: Chris Drury

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