On Sunday 22nd April 2012 the 32nd Virgin London Marathon took place.
Seventeen United Response runners put months of sweat and toil into preparing for this one special day – all to raise much-needed funds for United Response, to help our work supporting people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental heath needs.
All the runners did a fantastic job to complete the twenty-six mile course successfully, and they are all heroes due to their efforts for United Response. Special mention goes to nine-time United Response London marathon runner Kate Knight and first-time runner Trudy Kent who has shed eight stone and six dress sizes since October 2010 in order to lose weight and take part in the marathon.
Sam finds the energy to tell us how his run went.
The weather on the day was typically British, with a testing mix of warm sun, cold wind and torrential rain but the runners all dug deep and performed brilliantly.
Some of the runners were able to carry their sore limbs to United Response’s post-race reception at the 5* Duke’s Hotel in Mayfair, where they were welcomed by our Chief Executive Su Sayer and members of the Communications and Fundraising team. They were also able to refresh with a shower and were pampered with a massage.
United Response would like to say a massive thank you to all seventeen runners. So far they have raised a whopping total of over £27,000 – and there is more sponsorship yet to be collected!
All in all, the day was a great success and we look forward to welcoming a new team of runners next year!
The Ballot opens this year on MONDAY APRIL 30th 2012 at www.virginlondonmarathon.com.
Mark Schueler, fundraising officer.