Yesterday, 21 runners took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 in aid of United Response.

The day began early, though our runners were eager to get started on the 26 mile stretch through the capital on a sunny day.

A crowd of volunteers manned the United Response cheering station, including staff, people we support and family members of our runners, who revelled in the organised chaos as 36,000 participants embarked on their journeys.

Runners including Christina Cooper, Melanie Marshman (pictured together above) and Dominic Sindall had undertaken considerable training ahead of the epic event and were thrilled to be cheered on by supporters – as well as to enjoy a post-marathon reception full of sandwiches, crisps and tea, not to mention a shower and a massage after the race - a most welcome reward!

We want to say a huge thank you to all who took part on our behalf; completing such a challenge is an incredible achievement and will go a long way to raising vital funds for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs.

Thank you to:

If you have been inspired to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon next year and would like to run for United Response then the ballot for the Virgin London Marathon 2015 will open on April 22nd 2014. For more information about entering the ballot and about our Golden Bond places, have a look at our website.