Last week was one of the biggest events in our calendar – the Virgin London Marathon – and what a day it was! Here are our highlights …
The day began at 5.30am when Tallulah, our Fundraising Co-ordinator, was at the bus stop on her way to the start line. She was joined by one competitor in his trainers and several revellers still enjoying their Saturday night out. We met at 6.45am on Embankment at the 25-mile mark so we could find the best spot where our banner would be most visible to our runners. Then it was time for a wake-up coffee and a bacon roll so we could be in top form for our runners…
…At the other end of the city down at GreenwichPark, it was a slightly more nerve-wracking morning. Along with 35,000 others, our sixteen runners were gathered at the start-line with 26 miles ahead of them. Before the race began there was a thirty-second silence to commemorate the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon – a sombre but important moment in an inspiring and moving day.
From the side of the course, we could track the progress of our runners – so we could make sure we were in prime position to fill our lungs and give them a cheer on the last mile of the race. We saw Michael Roux and Ed Balls – but were more delighted by being able to spot all of our runners.
John Sullivan, a first-time marathon runner, even stopped to say hello before dashing off to complete the race in a speedy 3 hours and 38 minutes.
Later, we joined up with most of our runners and their families at the post-race reception to celebrate their achievements.
It was a great day and, as ever, we are in awe of our incredible Brain Appeal team. Thank you to each and every one for their amazing efforts over the past months.
Inspired? Want to take part in the London Triathalon or one of our other running events? Contact Tallulah to sign up