On Sunday, 25 inspiring people took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 in aid of United Response.

Although the weather outlook wasn’t great, our runners were still keen to crack on with the 26.2 mile stretch.

Our cheering team took the earliest train they could to set up nice and early, and were soon joined by family and friends of our runners. With 38,000 people taking on the course, in its 35th year, it was as busy as ever with an electric crowd. 




Runners came in thick and fast and soon our reception at the Dukes Hotel began to fill up with cheers as runners entered. After a shower and a well-deserved massage from the students at St Mary’s, who kindly volunteered their time, they were able to relax with family and friends, and have some well-deserved nosh. 



Amongst our runners were Curly Steve; Anna and Ellie, friends who’ve run together since the age of 7 and stayed together throughout the race; Les and Caroline, a father daughter duo; Kate and Jim, the married duo; and American trio Brian, Paul and Michael. Paul said: "I'm feeling slightly beaten up and broken, but it was an amazing experience taking part together and I'm glad that we did it with United Response." 

Dave, pictured with his family above, celebrated with his first drink since he started training – and very well deserved! His family came along to both the cheering station and the reception with a wonderful homemade banner. Dave said: "Today was hard but anything in life worth having is hard and the vibe from the crowd was fantastic. There is such a sense of goodwill and everyone wishing you well."

We’d like to thank each and every one of you who ran for United Response – you were all incredible! It is such an achievement to have completed the London Marathon, and not only did you do that, but you have raised just short of a whopping £50,000 between you so far! I hope you feel as proud of yourselves as we do.

For more photos from the day, please visit our Facebook page.

If you have been inspired to take part in the London Marathon next year and would like to run for United Response, you can enter the ballot on Monday 4 May. You can find more information about entering the ballot and about our Golden Bond places on our London Marathon event page.

Sarah Riddlestone, fundraising assistant.