Muscle condition won’t stop Rachel taking on a marathon

Rachel Hatcher
Rachel Hatcher
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After Rachel Hatcher was diagnosed with a disease which affected her muscles, she vowed not to give up her passion for running.

Now after months of determination, Rachel is gearing up to take part in the Paris Marathon on Sunday, April 15.

Because of her efforts, the 37-year-old is this week’s worthy We Can Do It T-shirt winner.

A year-and-a-half ago Rachel’s life changed forever when she was struck down with Myasthenia Gravis, which causes muscles to weaken over time.

The condition worsens the more you exercise.

Rachel, of Cleveland Road, Southsea, says: ‘At the time it came as a huge blow because I was already a really keen runner.

‘I had done marathons all over the world and wanted to do more.’

As part of her run Rachel will also be raising money for the Myasthenia Gravis Association.

‘I vowed not to let it defeat me,’ she says.

‘You just have to get on with life and do what you can.

‘I’ve been careful and steady in my training.

‘With my condition it means I get more tired than most people. I’m nervous but I’m really excited about doing it.’

Rachel will join 35,000 other runners from across the globe who will pound the streets of the French capital.

To donate to Rachel’s cause, visit