Posted on 20/04/2017

Why the London Marathon is so important

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Why the London Marathon is so important

The London Marathon 2017 is taking place this Sunday 23rd April and, as always, thousands of people are planning to take part.

For the past 36 years, people from all walks of life have headed to England’s capital to take part in the renowned 26.2 mile run and this year, the organisers are asking participants to share their #ReasonToRun across social media.

What does the London Marathon represent?

As one of the world’s most famous races, the London Marathon means many different things to different people.

For a lot of runners, the London Marathon provides a wonderful stage to publicly thank charitable organisations for their support. They may have had direct experience with the charity’s services or simply witnessed the positive impact the charity had on a friend or family member; either way the London Marathon offers them the chance to give back by raising funds to enable the charity’s work to continue helping others.

Charity #ReasonToRun Cancer Research
@SharpEndurance is an American Marathon Runner who’s coming to London to raise awareness and funds for Cancer Research UK.

Charity #ReasonToRun Samaritans
Jim Fowler is running the London Marathon to support the work of the Samaritans – a UK charity whose vision is that fewer people die by suicide in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Charity #ReasonToRun Downs Syndrome
Scott and Sarah are parents to sweet Sophie and have raised nearly £5000 for their local charity Stepping Stones DS which supports over 120 children with Down Syndrome, and their families.

Reaching an important milestone

For others, the London Marathon is often a symbolic achievement to measure how far they have come after receiving an initial diagnosis and subsequent treatment. There are an unprecedented number of conditions which can drastically change the way a person lives their day to day life, but to adapt to that and come out stronger on the other side really is something worth celebrating.

Personal #ReasonToRun Stroke Survivor
No matter how long ago your health scare, Pam Kirk knows it’s still important to appreciate your experience and continue living life to the full.

Personal #ReasonToRun Mental Health
Nicola Gee discovered that good physical health can lead to good mental health – an idea which blossomed from her talks with The Samaritans charity.

Personal #ReasonToRun Epilepsy
2 years ago, Faye Waddams never would have dreamed running the London Marathon was a possibility, but now she’s excited to be completing the course on Sunday.

Personal #ReasonToRun Cancer Survivor
Fighting cancer once is daunting enough but to fight it twice is truly heroic and Tracey Fitzsimmons intends to show everyone what she’s made of on Sunday!

In heart and mind

Some of the most touching reasons for running the London Marathon come from those who are participating in memory of a loved one. Hospitals and charities can often be pivotal in providing treatment and care for someone until the very end, so it’s not uncommon for friends and family members to raise funds for these organisations at a later date. Taking part in the London Marathon is a fabulous way for them to earn sponsorship whilst also honouring the memory of those they loved.

Remembrance #ReasonToRun In Memory of Baby
Jo Patterson will be running the London Marathon this weekend in memory of her friend’s son, Leni. Whilst raising money for Children's Hospice Association Scotland.

Remembrance #ReasonToRun In Memory of Dad
Barry will be running the London Marathon in a pink flamingo outfit on Sunday for his Dad, to raise awareness of Lewy Bodies Dementia (LBD).

Remembrance #ReasonToRun Breast Cancer
Best friends Sarah and Emma will be taking on the 26.2 mile course in memory of their best friend who lost her fight against breast cancer.

Remembrance #ReasonToRun In memory of Mum
Paul Sugarhood will be running the London Marathon in honour of his Mum, whilst raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society to help support care and research.

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