You have to be mad to run a marathon once…let alone twice! But throw in a fantastic cause, amazing support, and a bit of determination, and it all just makes sense. I’ll be running the London Marathon again for Whizz-Kidz on the 24 April, and I can’t wait.
Having lost my Dad in 2011, who was dedicated to working in a school for disabled children, the cause is extremely close to my heart. I am supporting something that he believed in and raising money to help children develop their independence which I’m really proud of.
When I was accepted for this year’s London Marathon, it was an easy decision for me to support Whizz-Kidz again. Their cheer points last year were so incredibly motivating. I found myself ticking off the miles until the next one, looking forward to the roar of encouragement from the supporters when they spotted my bright green vest! I have no words to describe the feeling of seeing some of the young people who had come to support at mile 24, and remember being overcome with emotion. Just what you need to keep you going at that late stage of the race!
I think my photo on last year’s finish line speaks for itself; I was on top of the world. And I know that the Whizz-Kidz team will be with me again this year, every step of the way. Because that’s just what they do, for supporters like me, and for the great number of children they help. Once you have become part of the Whizz-Kidz family, you are in it for life.
Whizz-Kidz hosts training days for their London Marathon runners, and meeting young people there that have benefited from the charity makes all the long, hard miles totally worth it. In fact, I didn’t actually anticipate the fantastic level of support you receive as part of Team Whizz-Kidz; not just training days but also an expert coach on hand 24/7 for advice, and even a drinks reception just to say thank you. I feel part of a truly amazing team.
With pub quizzes, various clothes and bake sales, plus the generosity of family and friends, I have surpassed my fundraising target. Despite being incredibly nervous about race day, running for such a wonderful charity gives me a great feeling of accomplishment and purpose, and I would encourage anyone to do the same! Best of all, I know that Whizz-Kidz and my Dad will be with me for every step of those 26.2 miles.