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Runners raise over £30k for Hospice

In April, we were delighted to have some amazing supporters take on either the Brighton or London Marathon in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

After running a combined total of 314 miles, our runners raised a whopping

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which could help fund three years of patient transport to the Hospice, allowing patients to visit the Hospice and receive the care and support they need.

India Macnally

How were you feeling as you stepped onto the start line?

Nervous but also so ready to get going! It’s strange, I didn’t feel ready in the weeks leading up to it but when you get there you are ready! Following a plan really does work.

How was the run, what was the best part and worst?

The highlights for me were when I first saw my family all wearing St Wilfrid’s tops cheering so loudly! Then running across Tower Bridge was so surreal the atmosphere was amazing.

What was it like to finish and earn that medal?

I crossed the finish line and couldn’t believe it, I think I was in shock! I wish now I’d had taken more pictures and soaked it in, but I was so shocked I actually made it I wasn’t thinking straight! 

How did it feel to do this in support of St Wilfrid’s?

Running for St Wilfrid’s was amazing! I don’t think there’s a better charity to run for. Lots of great events leading up to the run, support from a run coach, you feel part of a great team!

Will you be taking on any more challenges like this?

Even though when I finished I said never again, I do think I would like to do it again.

What would you say to someone looking at taking on a Marathon?

It’s the most incredible experience to prove to yourself that you are capable. Running for a cause gives real meaning to your training, it gets you through the hard times! 

I think I’ve inspired my cousin to run next year and I love that he wants to carry on the fundraising! I can’t wait to cheer him on. 

Rebecca Dean

How was the run, what was the best part and worst?

The best part was seeing all the sights of London and having the crowds cheering everyone on, no matter what! 

The worst part was around mile 22, this was nearly the home straight, and knowing how close you were but still how far you had left to run was daunting! 

What was it like to finish and earn that medal?

It was an amazing feeling! Running down The Mall, everyone had such a huge smile on their face knowing they had completed it! 

How did it feel to do this in support of St Wilfrid’s?

The London Marathon is such a huge event and to be able to support St Wilfrid’s was amazing! 

Will you be taking on any more challenges like this?

If you asked me just after I crossed the finish line the answer would be never again! But looking back I would love to do it all again and will be signing up for a marathon next year, for sure! 

What would you say to someone looking at taking on a Marathon?

The actual event really is your victory lap! All the months of training and running in the rain, dark and cold weather is the real marathon! If you have completed your training plan you can do it on the day! 

Alison Moorey

How were you feeling as you stepped onto the start line?

It was an amazing day which started chilly but was sunny and windy, leaving me with a sunburnt nose! 

How was the run, what was the best part and worst?

I felt nervous but excited at the start, Ruth was brilliant as always with her advice and support. I tried not to think about how long the distance was, but there were some points along the way when the miles yet to go did seem daunting.

The crowds were brilliant and as we were towards the end of the pack we especially appreciated those who waited for us! 

Seeing the support others were getting and how much effort people put in was inspiring.

It was tough towards the end as we walked the last few miles. It definitely becomes more of a psychological challenge at that point.

What was it like to finish and earn that medal?

It was great to finish and receive lots of congratulations via social media! 

What would you say to someone looking at taking on a Marathon?

I’d recommend this to anyone who has the time to train and someone very wise to advise them. I definitely couldn’t have done it without Ruth Cleeves, so thank you to her. 

Will you be taking on any more challenges like this?

I really don’t plan to repeat the experience, although I don’t think my family believe this! 

The biggest thanks to everyone who sponsored me, I really appreciate it 

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