Magnificent fourteen raise over £20,000 running London Marathon for St Clare Hospice

Athletics / Wed 6th Oct 2021 at 08:02am

A TEAM of 14 runners and walkers completed the world-famous London Marathon and Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October 2021 in aid of local charity St Clare Hospice. Nine of the team took on the 26.2 mile run through the capital, whilst two ran the distance around Harlow and one ran it around Halstead, both in Essex. The fourteen fantastic challengers have so far raised almost £20,000 for the local charity, St Clare Hospice, and donations are still coming in. 

Completing the London Marathon were:

Colin Moody (71, Harlow)                                                       FASTEST TIME:         03:51:40 
Neil Payne (51, Romford) MOST RAISED: (£3332.00)         TIME COMPLETED: 04:22:39
Sarah Cass (43, Harlow)                                                        TIME COMPLETED:  04:47:11
Richard Kuyper (43, Haverhill)                                               TIME COMPLETED:  05:23:13
Phoebe Pryor-Hilliard (Saffron Walden)                                TIME COMPLETED:  04:56:31
Alison Walker (Harlow)                                                           TIME COMPLETED:  06:42:37
Claire Stevens Pardoe (38, Chelmsford)                               TIME COMPLETED:  06:12:53
Sophie Fisk (32, Harlow)                                                        TIME COMPLETED:  06:46:21
Daniela Witten (53, London)                                                   TIME COMPLETED:  05:38:40
Gary Miles (Bishop’s Stortford)                                              TIME COMPLETED:  05:25:38

Completing the Virtual London Marathon were:

Terry and Jodie Staples (Harlow)                                          TIME COMPLETED:  06:02:45
Lorna-Rae Brown (44, Harlow)                                              TIME COMPLETED:  08:09:48
Charlotte Stock (27, Halstead)                                               TIME COMPLETED:  08:43:52

St Clare Hospice Challenges and Events fundraiser, Dani De’ath, said: “I’m the proudest challenges and events fundraiser to have had 14 runners who all competed the London Marathon with smiles on their faces, covering more than 340 miles between them. Some have waited since 2019 to run this moment; some ran in London, others in Essex, but all were amazing.”

Dani added: “We’d like to thank everyone who helped to raise money for our Hospice through the London Marathon 2021, including everyone who donated and sponsored a runner.  Your support is absolutely invaluable to us, and allows us to care for people and their families each and every day. Thank you!”

Virtual Marathon participant, Lorna-Rae Brown who completed her marathon around Halstead in Essex, said afterwards: “It was an honour to walk the virtual marathon and raise money for St Clare Hospice, in memory of Darren. £1,000 raised so far. Thanks to everyone who sponsored and sent kind wishes.”

Gary Miles, from Bishops Stortford, said: “The atmosphere was amazing, and you forget the pain when you’re having fun!” Gary recalls. “I had my name on my St Clare Hospice running vest and everyone was calling my name out as I was running; it really spurred me on. It’s the people that really keep you going.”

Despite feeling a little bit stiff, Gary is recovering well from his marathon effort and has even entered next year’s ballot already! Anyone feeling inspired by the efforts of Gary, Lorna-Rae and the rest of the fantastic fourteen, only have a few days to apply for a ballot place for next year’s event, as the ballot closes at 9pm on Friday 8th October.

“The London Marathon is one of the highlights in our challenges and events calendar,” explained Dani. “It takes a very special person to take on such an enormous challenge as running a marathon but if you are up for the challenge of the TCS London Marathon 2022 then please apply for a ballot place before 8th October. If you are successful, please get in touch with the fundraising team at St Clare Hospice and we will support you through your training and on the day.” 

The TCS London Marathon will take place on Sunday 2nd October 2022. Ballot applications need to be made online before 9pm on Friday 8th October, by visiting:https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/enter/how-to-enter/ballot-entry

For more information on how to take part in a vast range of challenges and events on behalf of St Clare Hospice, get in touch with Dani De’ath on 01279 773738 or email:[email protected]

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