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Total raised so far


£33,532.00 of £35,000 target +£6,848.75 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

5 days ago

Gordon Williams

£100.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid

Well done John

1 week ago

Nige, Jo and Jennie

£200.00 + £50.00 Gift Aid

Awesome effort by you all. Well done John, Punch an Adam and all others. Great cause and amazing achievements by so many xx

1 week ago

Rachel Ainger

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

2 weeks ago

Gordon, Joellene and family

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Great effort. Well done doing such fabulous work in Susie's memory.

2 weeks ago

Aaron On and Lauren


Well done!

2 weeks ago

Pamela & Michael Jenkins

£30.00 + £7.50 Gift Aid

Well done and thank you Dr Hamlin, Pam and Mike Jenkins

2 weeks ago


£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Hope the legs have recovered! Amazing job!

2 weeks ago

The Speck family

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done John

2 weeks ago

Steve and Sally

£40.00 + £10.00 Gift Aid

You smashed it Johnny, really proud of you and the team of runners and supporters

2 weeks ago

Guy & Diana

£30.00 + £7.50 Gift Aid

John Hamlin is raising money for Leeds Hospitals Charity and My Name'5 Doddie Foundation

Leeds Marathon 2023 #RunForRob & Melrose to Headingley for Susie@50

Event date: 14th May 2023

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My story

In October 2015 my wife, Susie Hamlin, completed her first ever marathon. She was fit, healthy and incredibly happy, as you can see in the picture. She was a senior dietitian on the liver transplant unit at Leeds Teaching hospitals, a job she loved, and had just completed her MSc with distinction. Even more importantly to her she was a mum to two gorgeous kids, a wife, a sister and a friend to many.

Six months later Susie noticed that her speech was becoming slurred, the first signs for her of the onset of bulbar motor neurone disease (MND).

Susie died on the 3rd April 2018 at the age of 45, devastated at not being able to see her beautiful children Millie and Harry (then aged 13 and 8) grow up.

MND is a cruel and poorly understood condition, robbing people of their independence and ultimately their lives whilst impacting families and friends hugely.

Doddie Weir and Rob Burrow are both legends of rugby who have been diagnosed with MND and, tragically, Doddie died very recently . The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation ( was established to research the causes and potential treatments for MND, to raise awareness of the condition and to support sufferers and their families. Susie was a proud Scot and keen to support Doddie’s foundation and its crucial work. The Rob Burrow Centre for MND Appeal ( was launched to raise funds to build a state of the art care centre for patients and their families in Leeds, something that is greatly needed.

Inspired by these two amazing individuals I want to contribute to their fundraising attempts whilst, at the same time, marking what would have been Susie’s 50th birthday and our 20th Wedding anniversary in September 2022.

As a result I ran from Melrose rugby club in Scotland, where Doddie started his career, to Headingley rugby ground in Leeds, home of Rob’s club, the Leeds Rhinos. It was Kevin Sinfield’s Extra Mile Challenge of running 101 miles in 24hours that gave me this idea and I ran the 165 miles over 7 1/2 day, arriving at Headingley Stadium on Saturday 17th September, the eve of Susie’s 50th birthday.

It was a tough challenge but it was nothing compared with the daily struggle patients with MND face. Kevin Sinfield’s #ultra7in7 showed me what true endurance running was about and this followed by Rob’s #SPOTY win with his irrepressible wife Lindsey by his side and also the beautiful words spoken by Doddie’s boys at his memorial service has inspired me to do more. I am being joined by my friends Danny Henry, Adam Smith, Alex Ford, Jeremy Clutton and Jez Robson to run the #RunForRob, the first Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, on the 14th May 2023. We would be honoured if you felt able to sponsor us and any donations will be split 50/50 between the two charities.

You can follow my preparations on Twitter @diaryofwimpydad or Strava.

Thank you

Susie’s family and friends xx

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My updates

2 weeks ago

Morning Run

42.4km distance
4:01:50 time
5:40min/km speed

3 weeks ago

Last pootle out before Sunday

6003m distance
0:29:15 time
4:52min/km speed
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3 weeks ago

Leg stretching head clearer with Tiggy

6091m distance
0:39:08 time
5:18min/km speed
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4 weeks ago

Rhino from memory - pretty happy with that!😂😂

10.0km distance
0:50:18 time
4:56min/km speed
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1 month ago

Melrose to Headingley re- United for John’s Rhino run for #MND

10.0km distance
0:50:38 time
4:50min/km speed
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This page is in memory of

Susie Hamlin

John Hamlin is fundraising for 2 charities

Leeds Hospitals Charity

Charity number: 1170369

My Name'5 Doddie Foundation

Charity number: SC047871

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