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“MY SISTER’S TERMINAL ILLNESS INSPIRED ME TO BECOME A MARATHON RUNNER”

Despite only taking up running at 48, she’s done three marathons and six 100K walking e vents, set up two park runs and raised over £18,000 for charity. Lisa Jack son meets the woman the y call The Unstoppable Dawn Paul

INSPIRATION

My life changed completely in 2005 when my older sister Karen was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (bone marrow) cancer, aged just 54,” says Dawn Paul, 56, from Peacehaven in East Sussex. “For the next few years I pretended everything was OK, but then she started becoming increasingly ill. In April 2009, while tackling a marathon pile of ironing and watching the London Marathon on TV, I was having my usual thoughts about how brilliant it must be to run a marathon when it dawned on me that the only person stopping me doing so was me. I also wanted to support Karen, to almost share her pain, as she always tried to hide it right until the end.

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Find your inner joy with the August issue of Women’s Running, on sale now! We’ll tell you how to keep your running from becoming an obsession - and hear from one woman whose compulsion to run almost ruined her life (don’t worry – there’s a happy ending!). We’ve also spoken to experts to find out how you can run your way to inner happiness. Need a bit more inspiration to train? We’ll introduce you to three women who went from fitness-phobes to incredible runners, and we’ll also show you how to keep running throughout your whole life with our guide to age-proofing your body. Plus, we’ve got a guide to making the most of every session you run, tips on running a really fast half-marathon, and a four-minute workout for really busy runners. Quick - download your copy now!