Meet our runners...
"Hi, my name is Helen and I have been an NHS midwife for 18 years. Six years ago I completed my Masters in Medical Ultrasound and now work for an NHS Trust detecting Fetal abnormalities. I honestly don’t know what first made me want to run the London Marathon but I remember watching first marathon and thinking..... one day!
My running has been limited as despite always doing a lot of sport, running hasn’t featured. My more usual activities are Trapeze and Climbing, Squash and Skiing. So I downloaded the Virgin running programme and last week I ran a marathon - ok, it took the combination of four different runs, but I got there!"
"Hi, I’m Yvonne and I am so pleased that, after many failed attempts, I finally ‘got lucky’ and won a place in this year’s London Marathon - courtesy of the wonderful Iolanthe Trust! I am a fit 56 year old whose passion is netball - I still play competitively and umpire around three times a week - but I have had to ‘up the ante’ to prepare for the Marathon and so I train with Abi (my PT in the photo!) three times a week at the gym - and follow a programme she has prepared for me, for the remaining two days ...... if you’re doing the maths - this leaves two rest days!!!!! I see this as a great opportunity to fulfil a life-long ambition whilst supporting a very worthwhile cause .......... I must admit to feeling quite anxious about the prospect - but hard work and a positive attitude will, I hope, enable me to cross the finish line in under 8 hours and receive my much coveted Marathon Medal!!!!!"
Yvonne is running with her friend Louise. Visit their fundraising page
“I’m a 42 year-old working mum with two beautiful daughters. I have run two marathons before – New York in 2005, which was pre-kids and when I still had free time on my hands to train, and then London last year. I remember swearing as I crossed the finish line that I would never run another one but I’m delighted to be running for such an important cause, although I know it’s going to be a tough challenge.
I had great midwife care throughout both of my pregnancies and births and feel strongly about the vital importance of midwives, particularly in such budget-constrained times.”
Come back soon to find out more about our runners...