Izzy Thurlow – a half now but she could be following in her mother’s footsteps!

A student nurse is celebrating her return to health after ME by following in her mother’s footsteps.

Izzy Thurlow, who’s been enjoying a series of training runs, has entered the Surrey Half Marathon on 8th September to raise money for the ME Association.

Twenty-year-old Izzy is about to enter her final year at Surrey University in Guildford where she’s studying to be a mental health nurse.

For sporting inspiration, she need to look no further than her mother, ultramarathon athlete Lindsey Thurlow, who became famous when she ran the equivalent of 76 marathons in one year for a children’s charity.

“My mum is a well-known ultramarathon runner who took on her challenge for The Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2022. So absolutely no pressure then!”, Izzy told us this week.

Izzy was first diagnosed with CFS/ME four years ago after first becoming ill while in the sixth form. “Most of my time in the sixth form was spent napping between lessons in a side room. But I got all the A-levels I needed to get into university”, she recalled.

Pictured below: Izzy with her mother, ultramarathon athlete Lindsey Thurlow, and brother Callum; giving her new MEA Association running vest an outing; fooling around outside with university friend Neave Croft, who is also one of her training run partners.

Eventually Izzy enrolled in the FITNET-NHS course at Bristol University, and gradually regained her strength and stamina.

Nowadays, she’s working through a tough course of study which has already tipped her out of her comfort zone by giving her work placements in both small clinical practices and psychiatric hospitals. This coming year, she will be entering prison for the first time on a work placement.

“The course is definitely not for the faint-hearted”, said Izzy. “But the NHS and education are crying out for mental health nurses. That’s where I hope to work in the future and be able to make a difference.”

Good luck, Izzy. We hope it all goes well with you in future.

If you would like to donate to Izzy’s fundraiser, please visit



For people with ME/CFS who are thinking about taking on a physical fundraising challenge, or if you are organising an event that might involve people with ME/CFS, please read this notice from Neil Riley, Chairman of the ME Association.

Tony Britton
Senior Fundraising Consultant, The ME Association
tony.britton@meassociation.org.uk Mob: 07393 805566

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