Virgin Money London Marathon runners do us proud
14 April 2014
by Klara Wertheim
A huge thank you to our 60-strong team of dedicated runners who put their best foot forward in the sunshine at the London Marathon yesterday. They were joined on the start line by elite athletes and 35,000 other runners to pound the through the streets of London.
Starting at Greenwich, they passed many famous icons including the Tower of London and Big Ben. On Team Leonard Cheshire was former headmaster Sean O’Reilly who has completed 50 marathons in over 30 countries. In 2012 the 67-year-old’s life took a dramatic turn when he discovered he had 99% blocked arteries and was close to suffering a heart attack. Within four days he had had a double heart bypass. Quick to bounce back, Sean completed the 26.2 mile run in 4 hours 45 minutes.
Gavin O'Callaghan also ran to raise much-needed funds for the charity. The 46-year-old, who completed the run in 4 hours 52 minutes, says: ‘The atmosphere was absolutely amazing and the cheers from the crowd along the way really spurred me on to get to the finish line. I can’t thank Leonard Cheshire enough for the fantastic support and organisation they provided throughout my training and on the day — the post-event facilities were top notch.’
Maurice O'Connor, who works as an IT Support Analyst at Leonard Cheshire Disability, finished in 3 hours 31 minutes. He adds: ‘What an amazing day. My highlight was giving the footballer Michael Owen a pat on the back en route and then passing him! A big thank you to the incredible events team at Leonard Cheshire who made the experience one that I will never forget.’
Sean, Gavin and Maurice, along with the other Leonard Cheshire runners, are on track to raise £100,000. This will enable thousands of people with physical and learning disabilities to do things others take for granted and help them achieve what is important to them.
Places for our 2015 team are available now. Do something amazing today and get your place on the 2015 London Marathon start line.
Klara Wertheim is an events officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability.