Loughborough Alumni


23 Sep 2020

Former Bake Off finalist gets set for Virtual London Marathon

Alumna Stephanie Blackwell, who competed in last years’ Great British Bake Off is getting ready to run the Virtual London Marathon this October.

During the pandemic, Steph’s father was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, and following a very difficult few months, Steph and her uncle, John, have decided to run the marathon.

Steph, who graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Psychology in 2013, said:

"For so many UK families 2020 has been, to say the least, a pretty traumatic year.

“Whether it has been via health, job, or education the COVID pandemic must have touched almost every family.

“Our family has been no exception. Earlier in the year, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. Not just one cancer but two, separate cancers, Prostate and Bowel.”

Channelling their emotions and determination to help, Steph and her uncle will take to the streets of John’s home town of Lindfield, West Sussex on 4 October, running to raise money for Cancer Research and Dorset County Hospital.

Find out more about their cause and follow Steph on Instagram.

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