Jen Rutherford 23/09/18 update - Bristol Half Marathon completed! The first half was easier than then second half, unsurprisingly!! But I did it! Now to focus on Cardiff in 2 weeks....

I am running 3 half marathons (Sept 23, Oct 7 and Oct 14) to raise some much needed funds and awareness as a small way to say a very big ‘thank you’ to the Dorset Air Ambulance who were there to help save my lovely Dad when he suffered a cardiac arrest at his gym on a Friday morning in March 2017. Initially Ben, a personal trainer at the Fitness by Design gym in Gillingham, Dorset, was beyond amazing in those first few crucial minutes of Dad’s collapse and he was able to use the defibrillator and gave oxygen to him. Although the weather on that morning was not suitable for the Air Ambulance to fly, the specialist team still attended by road in super fast time, and their expertise and then support in Dad’s quick transfer to Salisbury Hospital made such a difference to his resulting full recovery. Just incredible!
We have since visited the Dorset Air Ambulance base and were able to personally thank the amazing staff who attended on that morning. The outcome could have been so very different and we will be eternally grateful to everyone involved.
So, not thinking I’d ever manage to run a full marathon I decided to run 2 half marathons, but close together. However, somehow it has now become 3 organised half marathon races close together (Bristol, Cardiff and then Exeter)!!!!!
Thank you lots in advance for sponsoring me! Xx Jen Rutherford