Search

Swimming star Marren sets London Marathon challenge to support Nan and St Barts

PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 December 2017

Great Britain's Amy Marren during the women's 200m IM final (pic: PA)

Great Britain's Amy Marren during the women's 200m IM final (pic: PA)

PA/Press Association Images

Swimming star Amy Marren has grown used to getting up early and training hard in pursuit of her sporting dreams over the past decade.

Amy Marren poses with her Paralympic bronze medal with dad Andrew (left) and coach Gary Rogers (right) in Rio Amy Marren poses with her Paralympic bronze medal with dad Andrew (left) and coach Gary Rogers (right) in Rio

And those ‘middle of the night’ alarm calls certainly paid off as the Hornchurch teenager won a combined total of six gold and seven silver medals at IPC World and European Championships, before adding bronze at the Rio Paralympics last year.

But now the 19-year-old Marren has set herself another challenge, swapping swimsuit and the indoor pool for trainers and the pavement as she trains for the 2018 London Marathon.

With most of her swimming career spent racing over 50, 100, 200 and 400 metres, Marren will bid to complete the 26.2-mile course through the capital in April in support of a very good cause.

“This year our family has been through some pretty scary times with my nan Irene, who has cancer,” said Marren.

“When my mum found out she was pregnant with me, she was actually visiting my nan who was a patient at St Barts in London. Finding out my mum was pregnant really perked my nan up and gave her reason to get better and get home.

“She was diagnosed with her first cancer 30 years ago, went through copious amounts of surgery and still come through. However, two and a half years ago the cancer was back and had spread to the lymph nodes and liver.

“It wasn’t curable or operable, but it was controllable. In May, my nan was in so much pain she was admitted to St Barts. It was here that I found out about the Barts Charity and work they do not only for patients but also the families.

“I made a decision that given the chance I would run the marathon to help raise funds for St Barts. Luckily I was offered a place and to say I was humbled is an understatement.

“My nan is battling on, as I get older I can only hope I am as strong as person. I may be running 26 miles, but this is nothing compared to what patients with cancer go through.

“As a swimmer it’s totally different for me to take this challenge. Having swam in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, I thought these were my greatest achievements, but this is my greatest achievement.”

To make a donation go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AMYMARREN.

Latest Romford Sports News

Hammers centre half James Collins says he has heard nothing from the club about a new contract

Yesterday, 10:00

The latest news from the Thomas McCurtains GAA club

Yesterday, 08:54

Raiders completed a four-point weekend with success in south London on Sunday to maintain their hold on fourth place in the table.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was pleased with the fight his team showed but believes they left it too late in their defeat to Sutton United.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Raiders moved into the top four of the National League with a fine win over long-time rivals Bracknell at Lee Valley on Saturday.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Judd Trump insists rival Kyren Wilson got lucky after he was dumped out of the Dafabet Masters in an enthralling battle at the Alexandra Palace.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chicharito scores vital equaliser as the points are shared at the London Stadium

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Hornchurch moved seven points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, after a hard-fought draw at fourth-placed Dereham.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now