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Edinburgh Marathon relay team

Running the Edinburgh Marathon relay with the people I love

Hannah Maunder

Last year I completed the Edinburgh Marathon relay with three of the most important people in my life: my now-wife, Claire; my dad; and one of my best friends, Lynsey.

I was diagnosed with MS in June 2011, nine months after going blind in my left eye while on holiday in Spain with Claire. Right from the time of my diagnosis I’ve refused to let people speak to me in a sympathetic tone and treat me differently.

My friends and I joke about things like the frequency that I fall over without any alcohol, and I wouldn't want it any other way. I'm the same sarcastic, carefree, lighthearted person I always was. MS isn't going to change that.

I've always lived by the philosophy of only worrying if I've been told there's something to worry about, so right now I'm just enjoying making the most of every day.

Pride at our achievement

The relay was more of a challenge than I anticipated. In training we'd covered the distance, so I don't know if it was the heat or just a bad MS day. I fell over a couple of times – by the time I finished I had several grazes and bruises. In the video of me crossing the finish line I look like Bambi on ice.

How much I’d achieved didn't really sink in until I saw that video. The love and pride I have for my fellow relay team runners cannot be put into words. They are the friends and family who give me the strength to face the daily battle of MS.

Emma, MS Superstar Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2016