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Joe Giammalva - Road Runner

I started running in 2004 just as a way of trying to keep fit. Nothing serious; just a few miles a week around the streets of Kettering. In 2005 a colleague of mine was diagnosed with Hodgkinson’s Disease and required the help of the Anthony Nolan Trust to try to find bone marrow donors. As part of some fundraising activities I decided to run the London Marathon in 2006. A friend encouraged me to join the Kettering Town Harriers to help with training advice and motivation during the winter training for the marathon.

 

My training for the marathon was prolonged due to injury in 2006 and the birth of my first daughter in 2007 on the day of the marathon! After the third attempt in 2008 I finally managed to complete the 26.2 miles run around London. I would not have been able to marathon train for three consecutive years during those cold winter nights, without the help and support of friends and fellow road runners at the Kettering Town Harriers. I now look forward to running a couple of times a week with the road runners and also entering races at the weekends to support the club. My running is now tailored to 10k runs, maybe one day I will try for the marathon again!!