Casualty star Amanda Mealing (cardiothoracic consultant Connie Beauchamp) will be running the Sanlam Bristol + Bath Marathon on Sunday 25 October, challenging herself alongside colleagues - George Rainsford (Dr Ethan Hardy) and behind the scenes sound person James Drummond (an Ironman competitor).
Amanda has always been very active and used to do gymnastics, dancing and ice skating as a child. But didn’t run properly until 2012 when she took on her first marathon for her 45th birthday to raise money for Breast Cancer Care – a charity very close to her heart.
Amanda says: “Exercise helps me to feel in control of my body. Control was something I didn't have when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 at 34 years old. I'd just given birth to my son, Otis, when the doctors told me. It was incredibly scary and my initial thoughts were, 'I'm going to die'.
“I had to have lifesaving therapies which were horrible, especially with two young sons at home who were depending on me. Breast cancer is a lonely, traumatic journey but with the support of friends, family and Breast Cancer Care I have beat it.
“As the marathon gets closer, the 5.30am training runs have begun again. And this time I'm fitting them in around the long, tiring days of filming for Casualty. I will be training for the Bristol + Bath Marathon with Professor John Brewer, trainer to the stars and head of the school of sport, health and applied science at St Mary's University. I am very excited to be part of the inaugural Bristol + Bath Marathon taking place in such beautiful historical cities.”
Amanda will be raising money for Breast Cancer Care if you want to make a donation visit her page on Just Giving.
To enter the Sanlam Bristol + Bath Marathon on Sunday 25 October and join the Casualty stars on the start line visit the event website.