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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > Jun-17 > “THE MARATHON GAVE ME A WAY TO MANAGE MY GRIEF”


When her estranged stepbrother died, Andrea-Louise Glenn discovered he ’d shared her love of running. What followed not only helped her heal, but also resulted in her writing an inspirational book about her running journey


Bristol Half-Marathon 2013 was a PB (1:52) – thanks, she thinks, to her marathon training

“As soon as my parents called me late at night to ask if they could come over and tell me some news about my stepbrother Mark, I instinctively knew he’d taken his own life,” says mum of four Andrea-Louise Glenn, 45, from Bristol.

Mark and Andrea-Louise grew up as stepsiblings from a young age. Mark’s mum had died suddenly when he was a baby and his dad married Andrea-Louise’s mum when she was three. “We weren’t close when we were young,” she says. “In fact, we pretty much ignored each other. He was an awkward child. But I always understood life had dealt him a rough hand, so I empathised with him, even though as a child I had no idea how to express that.

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