Save a life: support this label chief

Save a life: support this label chief


norman lebrecht

April 09, 2014

Rebecca Allen, head of Decca, is running in Sunday’s London Marathon. She has told us why before.

Here’s how, and it hurts. Make it worth Becky’s while by giving generously to MacMillan Cancer Support. Match Slipped Disc’s gift. Please.

rebecca allen


So my last run in the build up to The 2014 London Marathon has been completed today and my journey is almost at the end, but for millions of people who’s lives have been affected by Cancer, the journey continues.
You asked me who has helped me the most in the run up to the London Marathon on Sunday, well the answer is simple – MacMillan Cancer Support. Every time I wanted to give up, every time I injured myself, every mile that hurt and every tear I shed, I just kept reminding myself that I was doing this to raise as much money as I possibly could for this incredible charity.
The number of people with cancer is growing every day – I have seen the devastation this awful illness can bring to peoples lives and know that the work the MacMillan nurses do to help families and loved ones through this horrendous time is vital.
What’s the worst that can happen between now and Sunday lunchtime – I actually just want to wrap myself up in cotton wool, the thought of getting injured in some freak accident in the next few days is frightening! All those weeks of training & glasses of wine missed. Looking on the positive side though, this week is about loading up with carbs – what’s not to like!
Have I changed my music along the way? Absolutely! In the last 3 weeks before you do the final race you are supposed to taper your training. This means you run less and rest more which gives your body chance to repair before the big day. The music I’ve listened to on these shorter runs has definitely been more laid back and more lyric focussed – be it Kacey Musgrave’s ‘Silver Lining’, Emeli Sande’s ‘Mountains’ or Stanford’s ‘The Bluebird’. The amount of music I have listened to over the last 6 months has been phenomenal and I have discovered albums & artists that I had forgotten I loved.
I would like to dedicate this race to my Auntie Rachel and close family friend Mandy Patterson – still loved & missed every day.