Sunday 2nd October marked the 42nd TCS London Marathon, an iconic route that takes runners around the streets of the capital. 10 incredible runners took on the challenge for Naomi House & Jacksplace, hospices for children and young adults hospices, collectively raising over £30,000 for the charity.
The dedication from the runners and their fundraising efforts makes such a difference for Naomi House & Jacksplace and could help fund a nurse’s care for around 2 months.
Read their stories below.
I have worked for the charity for over 8 years, I have been a carer, student and a childrens nurse for over 6 years. I have sadly seen too many families lose their children and have been there to support them during their darkest of days. As a mum now I can’t imagine the loss they must feel, but the staff are always there to support and care for them. The care team are incredible and are like a second family to me.
My dad has always wanted to run a Marathon with one of his children and first completed the London Marathon 39 years ago. When he obtained a ballot entry this time around I knew straight away I wanted to do it with him, raising money for the charity I care so much about!
It was one of the best days of my life. The crowds at London are just remarkable, a magical day that really shows the best in humanity. In January, I couldn’t run more than a mile, but I threw myself into training. It was incredibly tough but crossing that finish line with my dad was worth every second of pain, sweat and hard work. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I’m so incredibly proud that I raised £2,950 for Naomi House & Jacksplace
The London Marathon was simply one of the best experiences of my life. I have never doubted myself so much, or been so nervous in the months leading up to the event, but the crowd made it seem easy compared to the training runs. Also the support along the route is quite unbelievable.
If you are considering running for Naomi House & Jacksplace - Definitely do it!
I thought fund raising would be really difficult but you’ll be amazed at how generous everyone is when it’s such a great charity. The team are really supportive and when it gets tough just think about what a difference your donations can make.
I ran for Naomi House because it was a local charity near where I grew up so I am well aware of the wonderful work they do. I had attended previous events before and wanted to give something back.
The London Marathon was hard work but well worth it. All together it was a sensational day.
For anyone thinking of running next year's event, do it! The support network is there to help you achieve your goal. This ranges from running days with a specialised coach, sports therapists to constant communication with the charity. It really is a special place.
Charlotte Patrick, Senior Events Fundraiser at Naomi House & Jacksplace said:
Along with the team at Running With Us, it has been a pleasure supporting our team of runners at this year’s TCS London Marathon. Their fundraising efforts have been amazing. Each and every runner has raised above and beyond their target, they’re fantastic. Their fundraising will help make a difference to the children, young adults and their families here at Naomi House & Jacksplace.