Sunday 22nd April brought clear skies, sun, and the biggest fundraising day of the year- the Virgin London Marathon.
ActionAid had 27 supporters running and raising money for us this year- and we are hoping to raise over £40,000. They were cheered on by friends and family, as well as 20 ActionAid staff, who whooped, cheered and waved bright red flags at Canary Wharf, which was Mile 19 of the long 26.2 mile route.
Runners were then invited to celebrate their achievements with their families and ActionAid at the prestigious Institute of Directors on Pall Mall. Much-needed massages and food were provided for the runners and it was great to finally meet them and put names to faces after several months of phone and email contact.
All our runners are hugely inspirational, but a few deserve a special mention.
John Ormond, who is 67 years young, was running his 8th marathon for ActionAid this year. He started running when he turned 60 and plans to keep running marathons until he is 100!
We also had Helen Juckes on the team, who ran dressed as a carrot in a very impressive 3:47. She consequently broke the world record for the fastest female vegetable and was interviewed by the BBC!
A massive thank you and congratulations to all the ActionAid runners for their months of hard work spent training and fundraising £1,800 each. You are all superstars!
If anyone was inspired by our marathon runners and fancies taking part in next year’s event, they can apply through the ballot, which opens on 30 April at www.virginlondonmarathon.com.
There are lots of other runs to take part in too!