Urgent appeal to fill London Marathon charity places
Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is urgently appealing for runners to take its remaining charity places for this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
The event, which takes place on Sunday 23rd April, 2017, will see up to 35,000 runners pounding the streets of London in arguably the most famous marathon in the world.
But with less than a week to go before the charity has to register the names of those running on its behalf, they say they still have places available for the 26.2 mile run.
Liz Hurst, Events and Challenges Assistant at Caudwell Children, says she’s desperate to fill the places. As she explained: “We need to get the names across to the organisers by 31st January and it would be so disappointing if we don’t fill these places. We’ve worked extremely hard with the London Marathon team to secure them and they bring in vital funds for the charity.
“We know that many people like supporting charities through sporting events, and these places are extremely important in allowing us to continue providing specialist equipment, treatments, therapies and an annual holiday to Disney World, in Florida, to disabled children across the region.”
A record number of 253,930 UK runners registered for the 35,000 places in this year’s London Marathon.
Given the numbers who failed to get a place, Liz believes that there must be many disappointed runners who would snap up one of Caudwell Children’s charity places if they were aware of their availability.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to run in, arguably, the greatest marathon in the world,” said Liz. “Completing the Virgin Money London Marathon will give participants a great sense of achievement and by raising money for Caudwell Children the day will be even more memorable and exciting.”
Liz says the charity’s unrivalled pre and post-race support benefits runners, helping them perform to their maximum ability.
“Running for Caudwell Children will really enhance your experience,” she explained. “You will enjoy a pre-race pasta party and an after race reception, which includes a muscle rehabilitation massage.
“Our runners also receive a pro-race Caudwell Children running vest, a comprehensive training plan, a fundraising pack and dedicated support from one of our fundraising team.
“So I would urge anyone who has missed out on a place, and is desperate to take part in one of the world’s most iconic sporting events in the world, to take one of our charity places and help us to continue supporting disabled children in Staffordshire.”
Rob Horton, from Norton, in Stoke-on-Trent, ran for Caudwell Children in 2015. Although he found the experience challenging he says it was extremely rewarding. As he explained: “It was an incredible, emotional, experience. The support around the course was unbelievable. From start to finish it was continuous applause, which is something that I’ll never forget.
“I would urge runners to register for one of Caudwell Children’s charity places; I can guarantee that it will be one of the greatest experiences of your life.”
You can secure a Caudwell Children Virgin Money London Marathon place with a simple £100 deposit. The fundraising target is £2,500.
To find out more and to book a place call Liz Hurst on 01782 600427 or email: [email protected]