Julia ‘Jules’ King, an experienced runner based in Chapel-en-le-Frith, will be running the London Marathon 2019 for the Thomas Theyer Foundation. 

Let’s hear more about her…

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“I love feeling part of the ‘Thomas Family’!”

Hi Julia, firstly, can you tell us more about yourself?

I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady and we’ve recently added to our brood, so we have two cats and a kitten. Really, there’s two sides to me: the Julia who is up at the crack of dawn in the gym or out running, or the Julia who likes a cosy day with the cats, in front of the TV and surrounded by sweets.

I’ve actually been running for about 6 years – it was my husband that got me into it. I felt I was really lazy before I met him, but his lifestyle rubbed off on me and here I am, about to take on my 8th marathon! 

We’re thrilled to have you on board! What made you pick us?

When the chance to run The London Marathon for such an amazing charity came up, I couldn’t resist. The Foundation is working towards such an important goal and I admire every single person that has taken time to raise money through different events or volunteered their time for the charity. I wanted to join them and committed to raising as much as possible, aiming for #TheThomasChallenge target of £1,000. 

I love feeling part of the ‘Thomas Family’. If there’s even a teeny bit I can do to help them get closer to achieving their goal, I’m a happy lady. And Chris and her team are so thankful for any help! 

We have a motto at my place of work – Do Good, Feel Good – and I certainly do feel good supporting this charity.

It looks like you’ve smashed the #TheThomasChallenge! Well done! How’s your fundraising journey been?

It’s been fun! When I first found out I was running the marathon, I put plans in place for a ‘Gin and Beer’ day, which are two of my favourite things! It escalated from being a little event in my home for my friends and family, to a community project held in the local ale bar in Chapel – The Old Cell. They have even advertised as a proper event on social media! 

The event has been a real team effort. I had huge support from my sister, who helped massively with securing lots of wonderful raffle prizes (along with other people too). The landlady at The Old Cell went above and beyond, by generously donating the profits of drinks to the fund. In addition, I also managed to get some great items to auction off – it was a great day and we raised £1000 from this alone!

My place of work has supported me a lot too. I have received around £500 through our own charity work, a community investment grant and sponsorship.

Friends and family have also been amazing. I think they know how much this journey means to me and they have been very, very generous. I’m excited to see where we end up when the JustGiving page closes in May. 

What motivates you?

Knowing that every penny I raise is going to such a great cause and that, in the long term, so many families will benefit from the hard work every Thomas supporter has given.

Also, the support I have from my friends, my family and even people who don’t really know me that well – I want to do well for them too.

I find it really humbling that people admire my achievements. I hope I set a good example to others by showing that when you’re determined to do something, you can go out and achieve it with hard work and dedication. 

What challenges have you faced during training or fundraising?

The main challenge was that the place was originally secured for the London Marathon in 2018, but it was deferred until 2019. I think Chris and Sharon will agree when I say that was quite an emotional challenge. But we overcame it and I know each of us are all really, really excited for the marathon this year. And, to be honest, it was so hot last year in London I ended up being quite thankful for not running. I wonder what the weather has in store for us this year…

What’s the bit you most enjoy?

Supporting the Foundation whilst doing something I love is just brilliant. 

I love how running and exercising makes me feel. I’m a firm believer that exercising has such a positive impact on my mental health – it influences my mood, makes me happy and, in turn, I’m making healthier choices; eating well and cutting back on the alcohol.

If you’d like to support Julia in her fundraising, you can donate through Just Giving or send messages of support on Twitter at @jules__king