A FORMER Strabane woman will run this year’s London Marathon in memory of her late friend, Aiden McAteer.
Bronagh O’Doherty (31), a self-confessed “non-runner,” is also taking part in the event to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Aiden McAteer passed away in 2014 from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. He was just 36-years-old.
“I am from Strabane, a Bearney girl more specifically, and I’m now working and living in London,” Bronagh explained.
“I have been given the opportunity to run and fundraise for this wonderful charity.
“I am a self confessed non-runner who has taken on this challenge to raise as much money as possible in Aiden’s name for Anthony Nolan.”
Set to line out with thousands of other runners, both amateur and professional for the London Marathon on April 22, Bronagh says she’s confident she can clock up enough miles in training to be able to finish the course.
“I am definitely not a runner,” she admitted. “I remember being at school and trying to avoid having to do PE. So this is really a big deal for me.
“I started the training plan back in October but then with Christmas and the bad weather… it hasn’t always been easy to do.
“But I plan on taking one mile at a time; if you think about the whole thing it gets a little overwhelming. Twenty-six miles is a lot. That’s like running from Strabane to Derry and back again. So it’s one mile at a time.”
She concluded, “I think I’ll be able to do the mileage. I’m just hoping I can raise as much money as possible.”
• To donate to Bronagh’s fundraising mission, log onto https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BronaghODoherty