GP in a marathon effort for charity

Marathon Effort: Dr.Lucy Brook of Holloway, who will be running the London Marathon for Help the Hospices.
Marathon Effort: Dr.Lucy Brook of Holloway, who will be running the London Marathon for Help the Hospices.
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A GP has gone from couch potato to lean running machine in order to raise money for charity.

Lucy Brook is taking part in this year’s London Marathon in a bid to raise cash for Help for Hospices.

The former Highfield School pupil, who is originally from Holloway, started training about 18 months ago.

“I’m a reformed couch potato,” the 36-year-old admitted.

Lucy said that when she was at school, she was known to hide away in PE lessons when it came to running and read a book in secret.

Now working as a doctor in Sheffield, Lucy decided she wanted to cast aside her lazy ways and raise money for hospices.

“Hospices are part of the NHS but they do not get much money form it,” she said.

“I know personally from having friends and family having to go into hospices, but also from work, how much support they need.

“I can see it from both sides.

“They completely rely on charity work to keep them going.”

Lucy said that all the hospices in the UK need £1million every day just to keep open.

“It’s a phenomenal amount,” she continued.

“Hardly any of that money comes from central government.”

Lucy started out small – setting her sights on running 10 kilometres.

Building up her strength, she went on to do a 10 mile run, then a half marathon.

“I’m now up to about 19 miles,” she said.

“I’m getting really excited about doing the marathon because I never thought ever in a million years I’d be the type of person to do that sort of thing.”

She has set herself the target of £2,000 and has already raised in excess of £1,300.

“I’ve had loads of people from Lea and Holloway support me – people I haven’t seen for years.

“They all just think it’s really funny.”

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Lucy can do so by visiting www.justgiviing.com/LucyBrook.