Record-breaking London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire
27 April 2015
by Klara Wertheim
A record-breaking 100 amazing runners donned their trainers to complete the London Marathon for our charity yesterday, helping to raise more than £180,000!
Husband and wife duo Jessica and Danny Jacobs ran their first London Marathon together to raise an incredible £12,123. The couple have a personal connection to the charity: Jessica’s father, a retired GP, has been cared for at Symonds House in Hitchin, for the last two years.
‘We are so grateful for all the support we have had from the Leonard Cheshire events team throughout our training. We are so proud to have run and raised money for a charity that is so important to us.’
Elizabeth Crosse raised £2,700 by taking part in her first (‘and last!’) marathon. She finished in 4 hours 36 minutes, despite walking the last six miles. ‘The atmosphere was fabulous, with people cheering from start to finish. If I hadn’t have been running for such an amazing charity I don’t know if I would have made it across the finish line,’ she said. ‘It was a lovely day and I’d like to thank all the volunteers and events team at the charity — they really were brilliant and made the day so special.’
Sarah Broad, our own Chief Financial Officer, was delighted to get to the finish line after an injury last week meant that she had to stop training. The keen runner, who celebrates her 40th birthday this year, put her best foot forward to help raise an impressive £2,500. Sarah’s colleagues, friends and family provided motivation and inspiration as she ran her first ever marathon.
‘It was an incredible and memorable day. I am exceptionally proud to have run my first ever marathon for Leonard Cheshire,’ said Sarah, who trained with teammates from her fitness programme in Blackheath. ‘It is an incredible charity that supports disabled people around the world.
‘I will always remember this life experience and I’d like to thank all the amazing volunteers, family and friends who cheered me on around the course. Their support spurred me on to get to the finish line and I couldn’t have done it without them.’
She was joined on the start line by Louise O’Neill, who raised funds for Honresfield in Littleborough where she works as senior support worker and activities coordinator. Louise is passionate about making a difference to the lives of the disabled residents. They've provided inspiration and motivation for her training.
‘The day was a massive challenge but I am so proud to have been representing Leonard Cheshire. I’d like to thank the events team at the charity for their amazing support.’
‘The atmosphere was amazing and I smiled all the way round. The spectators definitely carried me on. I managed to keep running throughout and there was a great team spirit. I crossed the finish line just after the spaceman, rocket and Chris Evans.’
Bev Jullien from Kings Langely trained for the marathon with her dog Honey. She raised £3,500 for No.1 Lavender Fields, a care home in Hertfordshire that supports young disabled people to learn the life skills they need to live more independently in the community.
‘The atmosphere was really amazing and it was wonderful to have lots of people along the way shouting my name!
‘It was great to be welcomed by the Leonard Cheshire events team at the end — and a big hug from my daughter made it all worthwhile!’
Klara Wertheim is an events officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability.