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Runner taking on half marathon to raise awareness of motor neurone disease

Debbie Webb will be taking on The Lexicon Bracknell Half Marathon this week to raise awareness of motor neurone disease.

Debbie, originally from Crowthorne, said:

“I ran a half marathon about 18 years ago and it was really tough, I swore I’d never do it again. Since then I run 5k fairly regularly to keep fit, but it can still be tough, so the thought of running four times that distance was gruesome.

“Then last summer my friend Jane was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), which has been totally devastating. She can no longer eat or drink, she has to be fed through a tube in her stomach and can no longer talk. She uses voice activated technology, but I can tell it's frustrating.

“There’s not enough resources put into researching MND and funds are short. I'd like to raise awareness of the disease, and donate any funds raised to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) who carry out research to better understand the causes of MND, treatments and ultimately a cure.

“Some friends were entering and I decided that as I was able to join them, I should. None of us know how long we will be able to continue to do all the things we take for granted.”

Lifelong friends Natasha, Lisa and Debbie will be undertaking the 13.1 mile course on Sunday to raise awareness and funds for Jane.

Debbie continued:

“We haven't all been able to train together, but knowing we are all training and pushing ourselves has been motivating. If it hadn't been for them entering I probably wouldn't have, but I’m so glad they did and I’m pleased fundraising is going well. I hope we can smash our target of £500, we're well on the way.

“My greatest fear is being pulled along quicker than I want to go. I know Tash and Lisa will be quicker - it doesn't matter - they are younger and have longer legs! I don't want to hold them back or try and keep up with them, but it’s great knowing they will be there at the finish.”