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We're delighted that Kulwinder Aujla, Kully, has chosen to run for MDS UK Patient Support Group in the next London Marathon in April 2023. Kully is a science technician from Sunbury-on Thames. We asked her about her reasons for running next year's marathon.
Kulwinder Aujla (Kully)
Why did you choose to run for MDS UK?
The Marathon falls on the date of what would have been my Mum, Joginder Sandhu, 70th birthday. I wanted to mark the date and do something special.
Have you ever done a marathon before?
I did my first marathon in Stoke on Trent when I was a teenager and nothing for years until 2021. I ran the London Marathon for a cancer charity in memory of my cousin. I volunteered at the 2022 Marathon and it was such a fantastic atmosphere. It made me want to be part of it again.
What’s your training routine and do you have any tips for future runners?
I take part in local runs including the Turks Head and Cabbage Patch. During lockdown I listened to Caitlyn Limmer’s running podcast while I ran and it was great to meet her in person. I want to beat my 2021 time of 4.5 hours but I still do have a knee injury.
What are you looking forward to most on the day?
I love the atmosphere of the race. It will be an emotional day and I will be thinking of mum the whole race. The crowd keep you going; cheering and shouting the names of runners really makes a big difference, it gives you that extra push when you need it. I’m not looking forward to the initial start but once I get in to the rhythm I’ll be ok.