Brain cancer patient runs half marathon after having to give up 'dream job' due to diagnosis

A woman diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer has completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon to raise awareness of the devastating disease and the need to find a cure. Hannah King-Page, 41, from Meriden, near Solihull, completed the iconic run along the historic streets of Westminster and the City of London on Sunday, April 9.

After her diagnosis with a glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumour in November 2020, Hannah set up a Fundraising Group under the umbrella of Brain Tumour Research known as Hannah’s Kingdom which has raised more than £24,000 to date.

She said: “I was hoping to achieve a time of sub 2hrs 30mins but I was still suffering with the tail end of a bad cold and, although everything went according to plan for the first 17 or 18 kilometres, my breathing then got the better of me.

“Amazingly, Sunday was a lovely sunny day after all the rain, although a strong wind thanks to Storm Kathleen blew us runners sideways at times. The atmosphere in London was fabulous with lots of spectators all along the route, shouting words of encouragement. Hardly surprisingly, we passed numerous remarkable landmarks, where randomly runners would stop for selfies – particularly when we got to St Paul’s Cathedral.

“I was pretty pleased with myself, especially as my training had been hampered by periods of back pain and foot drop – a condition that makes it hard to lift or move your foot and toes when walking, or indeed running!”

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Hannah enjoying a well-earned pint after her run -Credit:BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH

Hannah started running two years before she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, after suffering with seizures, through the Couch to 5K (C25K) programme. Rowing had been her main sport then, but eight months after brain surgery, in late summer 2021, she did the C25K again and became a member of Balsall Common Run Club.

Hannah added: “I went back to running to build up my physical health, which was my main goal for my rehab after surgery. It has been really good for me and I’ve also made lots of new friends who have all been terrifically supportive.”

Her treatment for the GBM brain tumour, which has an average survival prognosis of between 12 and 18 months, has included gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy which sadly forced her to give up her dream job as a physiotherapist.

Focusing on fundraising to find better patient outcomes for the cancer which kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other has given Hannah a new purpose. After having to stop work, she has taken on a variety of fundraising challenges including a charity firewalk, along with many friends from Balsall Common Run Club, held at her local pub, The Strawberry Bank.

She has also run the Solihull Half Marathon and Brain Tumour Research’s Jog 26 Miles in May. She is looking forward to taking on the once-in-a-lifetime Trek Sahara 2025 next March which she hopes will raise at least £2,740, enough to sponsor the equivalent of a day of research.

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Hannah and her friends have raised thousands for cancer research -Credit:BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH

In March, two of Hannah’s friends – Sam Wild Solihull and Sue Botterill, both from Solihull - took on a skydive in Dubai, which raised £2,000 for Hannah’s Kingdom and Brain Tumour Research, while another friend and former work colleague Hannah Frazer, who now lives in Durham, held a Wear A Hat Day training session with her netball team which raised around £250.

Just 12% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 54% across all cancers, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease since records began in 2002.

Louise Aubrey, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We’re really grateful to Hannah and all who support Hannah’s Kingdom for their incredible fundraising efforts which are helping to make a difference for patients diagnosed with brain tumours. Brain Tumour Research is focused on funding research to find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for all types of brain tumour.”

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK. It also campaigns for the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure. The charity is the driving force behind the call for a national annual spend of £35 million in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia.

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