Gillian is a children's Doctor from the UK who has taken a year out of work in the NHS to travel to Kenya and volunteer in hospitals with limited resources. She is passionate about improving child health in the developing world and is enjoying living and working in rural Kenya.
She has always been a keen athlete but after an illness and subsequent surgery in 2015, she has had to work very hard to regain her fitness. On a near-daily basis Gillian can be seen traversing the hilly dirt roads of the local area, at times, followed by groups of small but enthusiastic Kenyan children. With temperatures during the day reaching an average of 25 degrees celsius, moving, let alone running is hard work. Add to this the fact that she has been living at an altitude of almost 2000m above sea level and you may get a sense of how committed she is to be willing to train for a marathon.
She has decided to take part in the Safaricom Marathon as a challenge to herself, to raise money for a worthy cause and also because she has never ran amongst wild animals before and thought it might be fun! The marathon may be the toughest self-inflicted challenge she has faced in her life but she is determined to succeed and has begun her training with a smile (we shall see how long that lasts!). She has composed a 4 month training schedule to prepare her mind and body for this gruelling feat.
Due to the free-roaming wildlife in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (the waiver of personal injury liability due to animal attack has been reluctantly signed), the race has come to be known affectionately as, "the run for your life". With that said Gillian is very grateful to the organisers of the marathon for all that they do, especially the abundant safety measures to be put in place to protect the runners on the big day, and also for their support throughout her registration process.
She is looking forward to the marathon very much but she is also aware that the funds raised in running the race will go towards making a genuine difference in local rural areas affected by conflict, poverty and exploitation. She would really appreciate your support and well-wishes so please join with her as she does her part to make an impact in Kenya.