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Race pals inspired by Georgina’s fight
8:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
THREE former Chipping Campden School pupils are gearing up to run the Great Birmingham Half Marathon for a cause close to their hearts.
Pippa Mawle, aged 26, has teamed up with boyfriend Dominic Sloan, 27, and friend Tom Burfoot, 26, of Evesham, to take part in Sunday’s event to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia.
Miss Mawle, who now lives in Burford, was inspired to raise money for the charity after her sister, Georgina, lost her 10-year battle with leukaemia in August 2009 – just a few weeks before her 21st birthday.
Three years ago, she raised £14,000 for Cure Leukaemia after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
She has already smashed her £1,000 fund-raising target for the charity that supports the work of the clinical haematology centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where Georgina received treatment.
“It’s a new challenge for me,” said Miss Mawle. “I’ve never been a natural runner.
“There’s been times when we’ve been running and just having Georgina in my head has kept me going.
“I think she will be with me every step of the day.
“She was real inspiration, not only to her family and friends, but everyone who knew her.
“She fought so hard during her treatment and never gave up. We miss her so much. I don’t think we will ever come to terms with it.
It’s nice to be able to do something in her memory.”
The trio, who are new to endurance running, have built up the mileage by following a three-month Bupa half marathon schedule.
To sponsor the trio’s efforts in this weekend’s Great Birmingham Half Marathon, visit justgiving.com/Pippa-Dominic
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