London Marathon 2016

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Braving everything the great British weather had to throw at them, Whizz-Kidz’s fantastic marathon runners turned out in force – and in tutus – to brave the 26.2 miles and raise some money.

In between engagements and academic gowns, record breakers and world champions in the making, we wanted to share with you some highlights from Team Whizz Kidz’s heroic, 500-strong squad:

Speedy Jeramey Jordan from Kansas City, Missouri was the fastest member of #TeamWhizzKidz finishing in 2:46:54 good enough for 624th place overall. Amazing work, Jeramey!

Our fastest Team Whizz-Kidz lady was the incredible Rachael Thompson – who not only set the bar extremely high with a time of 03:10:54, she even beat double-Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes by an impressive 33 seconds!

The amazing Fran Brown – who is a two-time World Para Climbing Champion, wheeled the course for Whizz-Kidz in the very impressive time of 3:44:11.

Hot on the heels of another sporting champion was Georgia Head, who at 16 was competing in this year’s Mini Marathon.

Georgia’s ambition is to one day compete in the Paralympics – and participating in the Mini Marathon puts her on the right tracks; Paralympic champion and Whizz-Kidz patron Hannah Cockcroft completed the same race in 2009.

Georgia said. ‘It felt so great to be racing for #TeamWhizzKidz and felt great when I crossed the finish.’

Romantic Green Miler Lewis Gransden proposed to his girlfriend during the race and, as you can see – she was pretty pleased about it!

While British astronaut Tim Peake smashed the world record for running a marathon in space, Cambridge-based Whizz-Kidz supporter Owen Arthurs was breaking records of his own – setting the world record for running in academic dress.

Super-star fundraisers Ruthie and Robbie – who were dazzling the crowds in their Whizz-Kidz-green tutus have also dazzled with their fundraising efforts – bringing in thousands of pounds to support our work. What an incredible effort!

Lastly – but by no means least – the indomitable Iva Barr ran her fourth London Marathon for Whizz-Kidz. Unfortunately, Iva was unable to finish the London Marathon this year – but she had this to say about her experience:

“I stopped at Canary Wharf because I wasn’t feeling too good, and it was the safe and sensible thing to do to stop.

“I was very sad not to finish this year’s London Marathon, but the funny thing was, when I got on the train everyone was singing and chanting for me, so if I hadn’t stopped I would never have experienced that!

“I’m so grateful for everyone who came out to see me, and I’m looking forward to doing more to support Whizz-Kidz in the future.”

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