Athletics: Harlow’s intrepid London Marathon runners on track for the big day

Athletics / Thu 30th Mar 2023 at 12:56pm

WE HAVE been following a number of Harlow residents as they prepare to run all 26 miles and 385 yards of the London Marathon. (see our Athletics page for full stories).

With just a few weeks to go until the big day (April 23rd) we have asked some of the runners how the training as well as fundraising is coming along.

Claire Marlow

Running for Brain Research UK

“I had a charity quiz at the Harlow Rugby Club last Thursday with a great turn out of 18 teams and we raised £711.

My target is £2,000 and I’m currently on £1880. So just another £120 to go.

Training is going really well, with a 20 miles run in the bag.

“I am looking forward to the big day now!”


Nikki Griffin


CHIPS is a charity offering amazing services such as specialist play schemes for children and young people aged 3 to 19 with additional needs, providing vital support for nearly 300 families across East Herts.

“The big day is fast approaching! Training is going well. I recently did my longest run of 20 miles ( week 12 of training)which was very hard.

I was planning on doing 18 miles but pushed myself that little bit harder and managed the extra 2, so from this week I can start tapering the miles back down.

“It’s starting to feel very real now and I have mixed feelings for the 23rd April. On one hand I feel it’s going to be such an iconic atmosphere with around 50,000 people running through the streets of London, but on the other hand I’m so petrified of the 26.2 miles and would be so upset and disappointed if I didn’t complete the course.

I have also been running twice a week at my all women’s running club where we do general running training, with Kate MacFarlane who is also known as “Coach Kate” https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/CoachKate.

I have also been swimming once a week with my daughter through out my training since January to help with fitness and have been committed to 42 lengths a session.

Fundraising has been fantastic, people have been so generous! 

I organised a quiz night back in February and raised a staggering £1200 and I’m also holding a small coffee morning at Great Hallingbury Village Hall,( village in-between Sawbridgeworth and Bishops Stortford,  CM23 7TL) which they have very kindly allowed me to use FOC for a few hours on April 6th. 

“So hopefully I will exceed my target of £2000 as I am now at £1925 (total so far)”.


Leanne Stepney and Andy Smith

Children with Cancer UK

“Our training is going really well. We’ve been running between 30 and 45 miles per week and on Saturday before the music marathon we are doing our last 20 miles of the training.

“We aim to run under 4 hours with the hope of running closer to 3:30 hour but we shall see.

“We have currently raised £2300 and still have our event on Saturday so hopefully will raise a substantial amount then.”



Abbie Martin

Muscular Dystrophy


“Training is going well thank you (as well as it can, it’s tough!)

“I completed my furthest run so far last Sunday of 17 miles.

“My fundraising is going well thank you. I am over my target thanks to a charity quiz night at the Purple Emperor pub and an Easter egg raffle at the school so I’m really pleased!”


Loren Delamere

Cancer Research

Training is going very well thank you.I have my final long run of 22 miles this weekend and then unwind before the big day!

“Fundraising is also in target and I have one more event on April 14th.”



Dayna Worsfeld

St Elizabeth’s Centre, Much Hadham

“Training is going very well. I have been out for 19 miles and getting that done in around three hours, so I am very pleased.

May I thank all the team at Innovation Multisport for their support and advice.

The fundraising has also been very good. I have just had a donation of £400 from the RAOB in Eleanor Cross for which I am very grateful”

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