Gill Searl is tackling her first triathlon as a tribute to her friend and neighbour Rob Longhurst
When Gill Searl went for a routine health check, she was in for a shock. “Basically, they didn’t have anything good to say – about my cholesterol, blood pressure, weight – it was unending bad news,” said Gill, 46, from Orton Northgate, Peterborough.
She took the bull by the horns and on 13 August will tackle her first novice triathlon in Whittlesey.
She is also raising funds for Bowel & Cancer Research in memory of her friend and neighbour Rob Longhurst who died of bowel cancer in 2014.
“I’m not a fitness freak – more of a couch potato. I like to sit in front of the telly with the remote control and an ice cream. But after that health check, it was a case of doing something, or not,” said Gill, who runs Linguagloss – a translation company in Peterborough.
She chose a triathlon (swimming 200m, cycling 4k and running 2k) because she reckoned it was less stressful on the joints. “I don’t see myself becoming a long-distance runner – my legs don’t do what they’re supposed to! And at least I could cycle,” she added.
After twisting her ankle, she called in personal trainer Mike Chapman. “He says my muscles are not playing ball because I sit on a chair all day, but we’re working on them.”
She also has the support of Sparky, her Jack Russell, who loves the fact that he gets to go running as well as walking.
Gill chose to support Bowel & Cancer Research because of Rob. “He was a great friend. He and his wife Alice made me so welcome when I moved to Peterborough 10 years ago. It was a great loss when he died, aged just 59.”
Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research, Deborah Gilbert, thanked Gill for her support. “More than 41,000 people are affected by bowel cancer every year. Our aim is to make sure no one dies of this cruel disease in future and we can only achieve that with the support of our fantastic fundraisers,” she said.
Anyone who wants to support Gill can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Gillian-Searl
About Bowel & Cancer Research:
- Bowel & Cancer Research is a registered charity (1119105) with three principle aims: to improve survival rates for bowel cancer sufferers through research; to investigate the causes, effects and treatment of bowel diseases other than cancer which are currently poorly understood; and through pioneering innovations in surgery to improve the quality of life of patients suffering a range of bowel diseases who may otherwise need to rely on a stoma (colostomy bag).
- The charity operates out of the UK’s first National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation, based at Queen Mary, University of London. The centre, opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2013, is a national initiative aimed at bringing together different research disciplines to improve understanding of disease processes and the development of new therapies and to drive forward the innovation and adoption of surgical techniques and medical devices. The Centre focuses on gastrointestinal and bowel research and aims to provide a working model which can be replicated in any other disease area.
- The National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation is home to a unique, state of the art human tissue laboratory which enables research with living human tissues taken with patient consent from Barts and the Royal London Hospitals.
- Bowel & Cancer Research was founded in 1990 by Professor Norman Williams B, MS, FRCS, FMedSci.
- Website: www.bowelcancerresearch.org
- Contacts: Chief Executive, Bowel & Cancer Research, Deborah Gilbert, 0207 882 8749, 07951 489315
- Media contact: Anita Syvret, 01242 228539, 07718 152153, firstname.lastname@example.org