Joanne Stocks’ journey with Asthma came to a climax at the ING NYC Marathon where she suffered an asthma attack at Mile 16. After learning about Joanne Stock’s story via a twitter post, our Senior Editor, Chantelle Wilder, (@chanty_marie) became increasingly interested in helping Joanne secure a spot at the November 4th, ING New York City Marathon. We asked Joanne to share her story and in hopes that someone out there will be able to assist this bold women with her mission.
“I am not looking for monetary sponsorship, but I’m hoping that a sponsor of the New York City Marathon, a charity with a spare place or NYRR themselves can help me. To celebrate turning 35 and becoming a master/veteran in 2012, I was attempting to run all the World Marathon Majors: Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York.
Since the conception of the World Marathon Majors in 2006 few runners have completed all in the same year, mainly due to the logistics. Boston and London being run only 6 days apart in April and Berlin being held only a week earlier than Chicago during the Autumn, with a 4 weeks rest before the final marathon in New York. As far as I am aware I will the first female to do this if I am able to run 2012 ING New York Marathon.
Although I am running this for personal achievement I have also decided to run for charity. I have secured my places in Boston and London through achieving the guaranteed entry qualifying times in previous marathons I also decided to raise money and awareness for asthma. I have chosen to do this as my PhD was in respiratory medicine focusing on asthma research and I suffer from asthma myself. However, I also teach a number of sports to children and young people who miss out on participating in activities through not managing their asthma successfully or because their asthma will prevent them from taking part so I wish to inspire people with asthma to participate in sports.
I ran the ING New York City marathon in 2010 and suffered an asthma attack at mile 16 and although I managed to complete the race, being able to return and run the entire course will be a fitting conclusion to what I have achieved so far this year. I have already had publicity regarding my challenging including featuring in the official Boston Marathon program (which I have attached) and appearing on BBC TV in the UK. I also have other media interested in covering my story if I complete New York. Unfortunately due to the heat of this year’s Boston marathon we were advised not to race and I was unable to run a New York qualifying time, I was unsuccessful in the ballot and I have been unable to secure a charity place, which means I seem unlikely to complete all the World Marathon Majors. I am hoping that anyone may have a spare entry available, which I might be able to use. I am happy to be involved in any publicity if they able to help me, and I’m happy to pay if the bib is from a tour company or charity. I hope someone is able to help me.
If you have a solution for Joanne please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message her on Twitter @majorrunning
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About Asthma UK: “Asthma UK is the only charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 5.4 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma. We fund vital research, health information materials and essential services for people with asthma, including the Asthma UK Adviceline and Kick Asthma holidays for children with asthma.”