St Clare’s Magnificent Eleven set for London Marathon

News / Thu 16th Mar 2017 at 02:54pm


On Sunday 23 April the eleven incredible runners will represent the Hastingwood-based hospice at the UK’s largest marathon, taking on the challenging 26.2 mile route through the capital.

Five of the runners received Gold Bond places for this year’s London Marathon and were chosen by St Clare from a host of applicants all vying to run for Team St Clare. Six additional runners chose to run in aid of the Hospice after securing their own place through the ballot.

This year’s St Clare London Marathon team comprises four first-time marathon runners: Chloe Ford (19 years, Chelmsford), Christie Stimson (18 years, Hornchurch), Andrew Speed (32 years, Elsenham) and Rob Scott (41 years, Harlow).

Seven seasoned marathon runners contribute to make up the remainder of Team St Clare: Giles Arbery (40 years, Saffron Walden), Raymond Coogan, Clare Gallagher (38 years, Stevenage), Melanie Harris (60 years, Harlow), Heydon Mizon (42 years, Cressing), Colin Moody (66 years, Harlow) and Mark Muscatt (57 years, Abridge).

The group are aiming to raise a combined total of more than £20,000 of much-needed funding for the West Essex hospice charity – enough to fund the cost of their vital Hospice at Home service for more than 12 days.

St Clare Hospice’s Fundraising Development Manager, Jamie Hooper said: “This year, like every year, we were heavily oversubscribed for our five Gold Bond places for the London Marathon. It’s a marathon like no other and the atmosphere is incredible – it’s the one marathon everyone wants to do!”

Mrs Jamie Hooper continued: “The five people we awarded the Gold Bond places to each have a special place in their hearts for St Clare and the work we do. Each of their lives has been touched by the care St Clare gives and they will be representing the many hundreds of families who we support every year.”

Mrs Jamie Hooper said: “We are delighted that another six people have secured their own places in the London Marathon and have chosen to run for us as well. Their support means so much and it is fantastic to have an incredible team of eleven to enter for St Clare. The atmosphere at the London Marathon is unlike any other running event and we simply cannot wait to cheer our runners on as they make their way down The Mall. At St Clare we are passionate about the fact that not every superhero wears a cape, and when it comes to this group of Hospice Heroes, they wear running shoes and a St Clare vest!”

You can find each of the St Clare London Marathon runners’ sponsorship pages online by searching for their name on the Virgin Money Giving website: www.virginmoneygiving.com

If you have been inspired to take up a challenge for St Clare Hospice you can see what challenges are currently on offer on their website: www.stclarehospice.org.uk/events Or contact their Fundraising Team on 01279 773756 or email [email protected]

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