Jackie Scotchmer will probably face one of the longest journeys of any runner taking part in this year’s London marathon. Formerly from St Austell, she’ll fly more than 10,000 miles from Australia to compete and raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care. She’ll be joined by 16 other people who’ve chosen the Cornish charity as the focus of their efforts.

Jackie has always loved running and remembers competing at Par running track when she was at Penrice School. She was Jackie Geake then, daughter of Margaret and Tony who’ve supported hospice care in Cornwall since Mount Edgcumbe was built 35 years ago. “Cornwall Hospice Care was an easy choice for me when I decided to run in London. It’s been such a big part of my parent’s lives and I’ve seen at first-hand what amazing support and help it provides for individuals and their families during difficult times, people like my Aunt Sue Lakeman who was cared for at Mount Edgcumbe.”

Jackie was also well known in the equestrian world competing at local, regional and national level until the age of 19. She left the UK in her early twenties, living and working in four different countries before settling down in Sydney. “I found myself in Australia when a friend from Cornwall, Karen Smith, now Tinney, wanted to come back to get married and needed someone to run her sizeable horse yard while she was away. I went over and never came back. I’m now an Asset Manager for a marina on the Gold Coast and have two teenage sons, Will and Tom.”

Jackie, who was brought up in Tregorrick and went to St Mewan Primary School, did her first marathon on Australia’s Gold Coast last year, but says London is every runner’s dream; “I can’t wait to feel the atmosphere and see the views and the iconic buildings along the route. I worry I might not finish, but I’m not dwelling on that. Instead I’m setting my sights on a finish time of around 4 hours and 15 minutes. I’m also excited about meeting the other Cornwall Hospice Care runners.”

Jackie says the training has been tough as its very hot and humid where she lives, but there are many running tracks and beaches and in winter (July to September) the weather is perfect. “I’ve had a few niggles but I have a great physio who keeps me going. I’m running up to 50km a week now, sometimes on my own and on Sundays with a group called Running Mums Australia, an awesome bunch of women who support each other with all things running.”

As the countdown begins to the annual London Marathon, Jackie is relying on family support to help her through and hopes she can also use her visit to catch up on things she misses; “Marks and Spencer, the beauty of the countryside and a real pasty!”

To support Jackie’s fundraising efforts, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JackieScotchmer