Every year in London, a world-famous marathon attracts thousands of international runners. Held in the Autumn, the route loosely follows the River Thames, ending near the Mall. It is a huge event that you can participate in, watch in person and it’s even streamed live on TV!
Getting a place at the London Marathon isn’t easy with over 400,000 entries for 20,000 spots! Many participants run for charity and raise money for a cause that means something special to them. Our three directors Steph, Neil and Kate all took on the challenge this year, not just to complete the 26.2 miles but also to raise money for their chosen charities.
So now we know what the London Marathon is. Who were the directors running for?
Neil raised money for Birmingham St Mary's hospice!
“The Hospice provides light, smiles, laughter, empathy and understanding. The Hospice team is committed to improving the quality of life for people living with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their families and loved ones during one of the most challenging periods they will face.
Kate ran for Macmillan Cancer Support!
Kate will be running for Macmillan Cancer support which strives to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer and inspire millions to do the same. It provides medical, practical, emotional and financial support and campaigns for better cancer care.
Steph raised money for Signal!
Signal focuses on supporting people who are Deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus, in the UK and internationally. They have programmes such as improving healthcare in all locations and countries and provide education, employment and many other services!
So, let’s find out how they got on.
So you made it, how long did it take you to complete the 26.2 miles?
Kate: “I completed the marathon in 5 hours and 16 minutes.”
Neil: “It took me 3 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.”
Steph: “ 4 hours and 54 minutes!”
How did you find it?
Kate: “I took it steady so I was lucky to not find the distance too difficult. Don't get me wrong, I was glad to finish but I was relatively comfortable throughout. I didn't enjoy the virtual marathon last year so this year I prioritised enjoyment over time.”
Neil: “Mile 22, I ran into a headwind - then it got tough, last mile was extremely hard”
Steph: “Getting to the start line is the hardest part, it takes so much training and time. I don't remember the last weekend I had where I didn't have a long run to contend with. During the race 38K was particularly difficult as the heavens opened and it started hammering down with rain! That broke my spirit a bit and I was already hurting, but I knew I was only 4K from the finish line so I had to just keep going.”
Wow! So what did you all do after the Marathon?
Kate: “After the marathon, I was on such a high. Steph and Neil were there with Prosecco when I finished. My husband and sister were there to celebrate too. In the evening, we went out for food before an early night to rest and recover.”
Neil: “ I phoned my mum and dad to see if they'd seen me on the TV. They hadn't - gutted, ran all that way and not on the BBC!”
Steph: “After the Marathon I caught up with Neil and Kate with a glass of prosecco and then wandered across towards the Thamas and had a couple of pints overlooking the London skyline. The sun was shining and it was just bliss.”
And lastly, how would you all describe the whole experience?
Kate: “I still haven't stopped talking about the experience - it was one of the best things I've ever done. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who fancies a challenge. The atmosphere is incredible and I've never experienced such a sense of achievement.”
Neil: “You experience lots of emotions as a marathon runner. I felt nervous, strong, confident, back to why am I doing this?? Overall though, I felt very proud of myself for covering that distance in a time 26 minutes faster than I did it 10 years ago.”
Steph: “It's been such an incredible journey, challenging, lots of ups and downs but I'm so proud to be able to say, I've ran the London Marathon! I've not taken my medal off yet and I'm still beaming!”
So, whether you participated, watched as a spectator, or watched it from the comfort of your home, we hope that you or someone you know had a great time, all whilst raising money for charity!