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Liz’s marathon challenge in Dad’s memory

Liz Nicolaou is taking on the biggest challenge of her life – running a marathon in memory of her Dad.

From Press releases - 7 February 2017 12:00 AM

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Liz Nicolaou is taking on the biggest challenge of her life – running a marathon in memory of her Dad.

The 40-year-old who works as a programme manager for UK Power Networks in Potters Bar, is fundraising for the Haematology Cancer Care Unit at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) where her father George Adams was treated.

She will run the 26 miles of the Milton Keynes Marathon on May 1. Liz explained: “The treatment my Dad received at UCLH was life changing for him and gave him that extra lease of life. Every day was a special day and he lived his life to the fullest, enjoying every moment with friends and family.”

George had Multiple Myeloma and died five years ago, aged 64. Now Liz has decided to run her first marathon to give back to the Unit and help other families going through the same experience.

Liz, who lives in Cheshunt and has a five-year-old daughter, said: “Three years ago I decided I needed to lose some weight and get fit. I lost five stone, and stopped smoking. I now exercise regularly, and I find that running really clears my head after a bad day.

“Being more active makes me feel better about myself and releases stress. I’ve taken part in a lot of charity runs over the past couple of years from 5km’s to half-marathons but this will be my first full marathon.”

She has already raised more than £350 and hopes to attract more sponsors at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Liz-Nicolaou

Last year Liz, who has worked for UK Power Networks for 16 years, was one of the winners of the company’s Move More competition, which encouraged staff to share their stories on keeping fit and healthy.