Running the London Marathon
London Marathon 2014 - Your chance to run it and help people with scleroderma!
The Scleroderma Society has five Gold Bonds for the 2014 London Marathon. If you would like to apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running the marathon is a very demanding physical task, as is the training needed in advance. We recommend that, if you are not a regular runner already, you start your training well in advance, ideally in the autumn. But certainly no later than four months prior to the event – which would be the middle of December. We are happy to guide you with training suggestions and tips if you feel you need some support in this area.
if you are interested in running the London Marathon 2014 for the Scleroderma Society, either via your own place in the public ballot or by applying for one of our Gold Bond places, please contact email@example.com.
London Marathon 2013 - Huge congratulations to our runners!
They all did tremendously well on what was quite a warm day in London. As a marathon runner myself I know exactly how they felt at the finish. A mixture of a real sense of achievement, relief and pain! For the record, their times were as follows:
James Pepe 5:57:48
Vikki Roberts 6:02:44
Jen Zielinska 4:44:40
Kevin Morton 3:57:27
Greg Meacham 5:16:46
Heroes all of them!
Tough, deep-spirited, and very determined!
They spent the last six months, from the end of autumn, through the darkness of winter and into early spring, heading out the front door in their running shoes, pounding their way through 4-6 training sessions per week, hours on hours, gradually increasing the distance they could run from a few miles up to around 20-22 miles, in preparation for the full 26.2 miles they had to traverse on race day. They ran through wind, rain, sunshine, and hopefully not too much hail or snow! All with the same goal in mind; raise as much awareness and funds for scleroderma as they can; each of the runners has a personal connection with scleroderma, and it is therefore a cause close to their hearts. They all took immense pride in crossing the finish line and receiving their finisher’s medal; just award for the time and effort they and their families dedicated to not only their training, but also their fundraising campaign.
Raising awareness as well as funds
All runners donned a Scleroderma Society running vest, blue in colour with the Society logo on the front, and the Society’s aims printed on the back. Their names were written across the top, so the many crowds could cheer them on by name, which came as a great morale boost as the going gets gradually tougher.
We are very proud of their efforts and know they ran with pride! A stupendous thank you from everyone at the Society to these brave (mad) soles for your commitment to our cause; we are very appreciative of all the time and effort you, your friends and families invested into the event and hope you will be proud of the money and awareness you raised for scleroderma along the way.
Read our runners' stories races by clicking on the names or photos below.