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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Training is everything

JO-ANN Ellis, 34, has been taking part in the Keswick to Barrow walk for the last three years in memory of her son Jake. Team Jake has raised an astounding £51,000 for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group so far. Here Jo-ann shares her tips with readers

When was your first event?

My first event was at school when I was younger, but this will be the fourth year we’ve done the walk for Team Jake.

How did you get involved?

It was my husband Nick who wanted to do it to raise funds for CCLG, which is the charity we always raise money for after Jake died from rhabdomyosarcoma in 2008.

How many times have you taken part?

Once at school and this year will be four times as Team Jake. The women’s team have won it twice now. There are 11 of us in the women’s team.

How do you train for this event?

I go when Poppy has gone down and my husband sees to Luke. Luke is six now and Jake would have been nine.

This weekend I did the Lowick to Barrow section. I had a caesarean section with Poppy and I do feel a little bit tender where my scar is and I’m concerned that’s going to niggle me.

Do you have any training advice to offer?

For me, the training is everything. If I don’t do the training I don’t think I would do it. A lot of it is willpower. A lot of it is in your head. If you think you can’t do it you’re not going to do it.

What are the highlights of the day?

The way everyone helps and pulls together. My brother-in-law, Jack Rutty, is coming over from Michigan in America to do this. He’s bought a Union Jack sweatband to wear.

Any advice for people taking part?

Stick to the same socks and trainers and don’t take them off. People swear by certain socks to get through it. I wore blister socks last year and I still lost toenails. It comes down to determination really.

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