London Marathon runners raise almost £200,000

28 April 2016

Some of team Leonard Cheshire at the starting lineOur 80 London Marathon runners are set to raise £190,000 between them this year, making a huge difference to the support we can provide in 2016.

Our fastest runners

Nick holding his London Marathon 2016 medalNick Stretton from Sutton Coldfield took the fastest time of our runners, completing his first marathon ever in just three hours and one minute.

'I've had the opportunity to go see two homes in the West Midlands and see the great work Leonard Cheshire does on a daily basis.

'It was really quite a humbling experience. I've been really impressed at what they do. To others I would say definitely choose Leonard Cheshire as a charity to run for.' — Nick

The fastest female runner, Lena Belz, finished in three hours 25 minutes — despite it also being her first marathon.

'I always run past the care home in Chislehurst, so I thought it would be good to run for somewhere I have a local connection to.

'I started training in January, going for a long run four times a week.

'It's a big thing to put yourself through, and your family and friends, because you are a real party-pooper for a few months, always training!' — Lena

Nicky Ashwell

Nicky Ashwell in her Leonard Cheshire running vestAnother one of our runners, Nicky Ashwell, who has the world's most lifelike bionic hand, was celebrating completing her seventh marathon at the weekend.

Nicky's marathon efforts made the media spotlight, with her giving interviews to both the BBC and London Live.

'Mile 22 was tough, but I didn't hit a runner's wall really, I got off easy this time.' — Nicky

More success stories

Also amongst the 38,000 people taking part was Leonidas Leonidou, who had come from Cyprus to raise money for Leonard Cheshire.

He was running as part of his ambition to take on the Abbot World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York marathons).

'Thank you to Leonard Cheshire for helping me to fulfil my dream.' — Leonidas

We also had a lot of runners raising money because Leonard Cheshire Disability cares for their loved ones — including Jack Rich from Greenwich.

'I ran for Leonard Cheshire because they do a fantastic job looking after my dad at Agate House in Bedfordshire and through him being there I've heard about all the other fantastic work they do up and down the country and all over the world.' — Jack

He said he would advise anyone thinking of raising money for Leonard Cheshire Disability next year to 'absolutely do it'.

Thank your from our trustee

Some of Team Leonard Cheshire with Alastair Hignell'Marathon day is fantastic — it's a really great experience. To be here as part of Leonard Cheshire Disability is an extra special feeling.

'Leonard Cheshire Disability is so important to so many people and I've spoken to people who've run here for specific homes and centres.

'When you come to an event like this and see the hard work the marathon runners put in and the joy and the support their family bring to them, it's a really, really great experience.' — Alistair Hignell, trustee, Leonard Cheshire Disability

Runners who came to the Leonard Cheshire Disability reception were also joined by former Great Britain athlete Iwan Thomas, who congratulated everyone and posed for photographs.

You can view all our London Marathon photos of all our amazing runners on our Facebook page.

If you'd like to take part in London marathon 2017 to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability, early bird places are £75 and you can sign up now.

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