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GET SET: Former Chalfont resident ‘nervously excited’ for marathon day

 Published on: 10th April 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A former Chalfont St Giles resident who is preparing to run the London Marathon has raised over £6,000 for a children’s cancer charity in memory of beloved relative.

Charlie Ciccone grew up in Chalfont St Giles, where her parents still live, and now lives in Seer Green with her husband and two young children. In 2022, her husband’s cousin, Alex, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma aged only 32. In March 2023 following nine months of battling the disease, he sadly passed away. Alex was a very popular teacher at Coleridge Primary School in Crouch End and during his life chose to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK. Alex’s father John continued his efforts and has now raised over £38,000.

Speaking to CHALFONTS&GERRARDSCROSSnews, Charlie said: “He was such a nice boy. He was fit, young and healthy – we really thought he’d be fine. It was such a horrible shock when we found out the cancer was terminal.

“I had always wanted to do a marathon but when Alex died, I thought, now is the time.”

Charlie has been juggling intensive training for the marathon, which takes place on April 21, alongside caring for her two young children and working full time for a healthcare company. Training has been all consuming and she is looking forward to crossing the finish line.

She said: “I have started to think about marathon day as the celebration of all my training. The other day I did a 32k run – it was quite boring, and I came back with socks filled with blood, but I thought, with the atmosphere and crowd, I’ll have 10k more left in me.”

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