Under the watchful eyes of Prince Harry, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, #TeamWhizzKidz – Whizz-Kidz’s inspirational army of marathon runners – once again showed the world what they are made of, braving 26.2 miles and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Whizz-Kidz!
The London Marathon is Whizz-Kidz’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and amazingly, over the years #TeamWhizzKidz have raised more than £20m to fund our work. This year was no exception, and the almost-five hundred runners making up #TeamWhizzKidz are on target to raise a massive £1m to support our work.
Among them is Stuart Miles, who has individually raised an enormous £12,700 – making him this year’s biggest individual fundraiser! Well done Stuart, and thank you!
Abdalla Saad Abdalla – one of our runners this year – was even lucky enough to meet Prince Harry at the London Marathon EXPO!
This year’s fastest member of #TeamWhizzKidz was Tom Morgan, who completed the course in an incredible 2:59:55! Amazing work, Tom!
This year’s #TeamWhizzKidz had a distinctly international feel – and we were honoured to have runners from all four corners of the globe join us on the route this year: Ming Shen was our furthest-travelled runner this year, joining us all the way from China! We were also delighted to welcome Amy Wyrick, who had come from Texas to run for #TeamWhizzKidz, and Carine Vigneau, who’d joined us all the way from France.
This year two members of the Whizz-Kidz HQ team also braved the gruelling course to raise money to support our work. Data Analyst Giles Skerry, and Corporate Account Manager Heather Ridley, completed the race with just a single second between them, and – amazingly – together have raised more than £4,000 for Whizz-Kidz!
Last, but by no means least, our wonderful Patron Nina Hossain ran her first and – according to her! – her last London Marathon for Whizz-Kidz. Completing the course in an impressive 5:49:39, Nina said that her motivation behind tackling the famous race was to try something more challenging than her usual activities as Patron.
At our London Marathon Reception, she told us: “This was a big challenge for me – I am going to stick to the day job and just do normal things for Whizz-Kidz now! I felt like I needed to do something for the charity that was a little bit harder, but I’ve done that now and normal service will be resumed from tomorrow onwards!”
Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said: “Everyone at Whizz-Kidz is so proud of all of #TeamWhizzKidz for their incredible achievements, this and every year. The last 10 months of London Marathon prep have been a lot of work, and a lot of fun; the team, as always, are amazing.”
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