Team St Clare prepare to run London Marathon for their local hospice

Charity / Thu 21st Mar 2019 at 10:12am

Team St Clare prepare to run London Marathon for their local hospice

THIS year, a team of twelve will be tackling the world-famous London Marathon in aid of local charity, St Clare Hospice. On Sunday 28th April 2019, they will represent the Hastingwood-based hospice at the UK’s largest marathon, taking the 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, with one wheelchair racer who also qualified for a place. The charity is still encouraging those lucky enough to secure a ballot place of their own, to get in touch and collect sponsorship for St Clare.

Competing with Team St Clare this April are:

Jessica Croxon (Romford) – Ballot

Chris Peacock (55, Saffron Walden) – Gold Bond

Danielle Corrigan (20, Ongar) – Gold Bond

Darren Radford (55, Hornchurch) – Gold Bond

Paul Warren (56, Dunmow) – Gold Bond

Sophie Vowden (32, Harlow) – Gold Bond

Carly Lewis (29, Harlow) – Ballot
Joe Longman (Harlow) – Ballot

Mark Nicholas (37, St Albans) – Ballot

Colin Moody (Harlow) – Ballot

Sophie Gyles (26, Romford) – Ballot

Adam Goldspink-Burgess (22, Harlow) – Qualified

The group are aiming to raise a combined total of more than £15,000 of much-needed funding for the West Essex hospice charity.

Colin Moody, who is running the London Marathon for the 25th time this April, commented: “I would like to make this race a special occasion as it’s my 25th time – by raising some vital funds for St Clare, a charity that I have supported over a number of years having seen and experienced their invaluable work. My time target this year is 3.45.00 as it was in 2018, when I ran quite a bit slower than planned but hopefully it will be cooler this year! Training is going well and I have two more races in quick succession before the end of March, before tapering down in April so I’m ready for the big day.”

Colin added: “The Hospice provides an excellent support service to people and their families in West Essex and East Herts, and it doesn’t receive all its finance from the government or NHS – so they’re always looking to raise vital funding to continue developing their services. If you can, please sponsor us for running the London Marathon by giving generously, as we know your donations will be put to good use.”

St Clare Hospice’s Challenges and Events Fundraiser, Emma Broadbent, said: “The sheer commitment of Team St Clare makes us swell with pride each and every year – they are so brave, and so dedicated to helping raise vital funding to go towards the Hospice’s care for local people and their families. Competing in the London Marathon, a world-famous race renowned for its atmosphere and prestige, is such a special way to support St Clare, as well as being a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The fact that our twelve participants have chosen to dedicate this experience to raising funds for St Clare means the world to us. We wish them the absolute best of luck! Thank you, Team St Clare!”

Emma added: “If you were one of the lucky 17,000 people to secure a ballot place this year, there’s still time to join Team St Clare. The team are so supportive of each other, sharing running tips and tricks and boosting each other’s morale! It’s a big and scary thing for many people to run the Marathon – but joining a group like Team St Clare can make such a difference as well as making your run mean that much more. If you can raise sponsorship for us (every penny counts!) please do get in touch as we’d love to grow our team even bigger and more wonderful.”

Contact Emma Broadbent on 01279 773754 or email [email protected]

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