Another great year at the London Marathon
We want to say a great big thank you, well done, you did it, to the amazing five women who ran the London Marathon for us. They are: Gina Pennington from Kendal who finished in 5:02:18; Jane Lightfoot from Widnes, Cheshire whose time was 5:09:29; Jo Pendered from Windermere completed hers in 5:55:55; Kimberley Clarke, our London supporter ran it in 5:27:0; and Yuk-Lam Collins from Leigh, Greater Manchester had a time of 5:19:19. We were so pleased to see them cross the finish line.
Their great personal achievement has raised £10,163 and will help us support some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people.
Here’s what Yuk-Lam Collins said about her experience:
“On the day of the race I had a 6.30am wake-up call so I could be at my red start in Greenwich in time. As Malcolm left me, and I saw the vast number of runners ahead of me, I began to get emotional. By 10am the race started, but it took me another 28 minutes to cross the start line!
“The key highlights for me was most definitely Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, and coming up to Embankment to see Parliament, the London Eye and Big Ben and of course running along Birdcage Walk, where I spotted Malcolm and my family cheering me on, and then Buckingham Palace just before the finish line.
“The marshals and crowds were so supportive -passing us drinks, jelly beans and jelly babies! One woman even had a box of sandwiches!! I must admit, I was very grateful for the water stations that were every mile – it was so warm out there!! There were lots of shout outs of encouragement and people shouting my name -I tried so hard to thank them!
“I was getting tired by mile 18 but kept thinking about all the kind people who had sponsored me and my family waiting on Birdcage Walk. I went through some emotional phases too but as I spotted Malcolm, Abbey, Lucas and Malc’s parents, Bill and Irene on Birdcage Walk, I knew I’d done it – 600m to go!! I couldn’t run any faster as my calves were threatening to cramp up! As I passed the finish line and was presented with my medal, the tears came. Happy tears, relief tears… I did it!!
Thank you to Brathay for giving me the opportunity to run the London marathon and raise funds for such an amazing trust and to everyone who has supported me during my training and donated to my JustGiving for Brathay.