THE RUN­NERS

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1. Matt Marchant // The East­bourne na­tive was di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar cancer in 2014 but is four years in re­mis­sion. It’s his third Lon­don…all run to raise aware­ness for those af­fected by cancer. 2. Matilda Egere- Cooper // The leader of Fly Girl Col­lec­tive, which aims to encourage BAME (Black, Asian and mi­nor­ity eth­nic) women to get in­volved in run­ning, is run­ning to show rep­re­sen­ta­tion mat­ters.

3. Kate Fan­ning // Kate ap­plied to run Lon­don for Brain Re­search UK on the morn­ing of her dad’s funeral. He died from a brain tu­mour and rais­ing money for the char­ity has helped her process her grief. 4. So­phie Le­se­berg Smith // The poet and DJ runs for phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing, and will be striding to The Mall to sup­port the men­tal health char­ity MIND.

5. Lloyd Kemp­son // The ‘ Team Project Run’ coach is hop­ing to in­spire the peo­ple he coaches.

A marathon is a shared ex­pe­ri­ence with a range of peo­ple you would never nor­mally meet, all run­ning for per­sonal rea­sons. Here are 26 tak­ing part in the Vir­gin Money Lon­don Marathon

6. Wali Mo­ham­mad

Khail // An in­ter­preter for the British Army, Wali lost his sight in one eye when an IED ex­ploded next to him. He’s run­ning for Help for He­roes.

7. Harry Vowles // ‘ The rhino’ is run­ning for Save the Rhino In­ter­na­tional and is hop­ing to bag the Guin­ness World Record ti­tle for fastest marathon dressed as a three­d­i­men­sional an­i­mal (male), which stands at 5:15. 8. Leon Cer­rone // Lon­don will be Leon’s first 26.2, but the for­mer boxer has some rapid 13.1s un­der his belt and feels ready to step up. His A-goal is sub-3:00.

9. Nina Tully // Told she would never run again af­ter a se­vere bro­ken hip, Nina un­der­went surgery and 18 months of re­cov­ery, and then took her bal­lot-place let­ter to her two-year check-up. She is run­ning for The Chase­ley Trust, who care for a friend. 10. Re­bekah Grayson // Hav­ing vowed never again, this is Re­bekah’s third VMLM. She’s raised over £6,000 for The Lul­laby Trust, in the mem­ory of a friend’s daugh­ter, who died from SIDS. She also leads a women’s run­ning group that in­spires oth­ers to achieve what they never thought pos­si­ble. 11. Azim Wal­imia // Azim will be run­ning his first 26.2 to raise money for or­phans in need. 12. Si­mon Kim­ber // Reach­ing The Mall will com­plete a jour­ney that has seen Si­mon lose over 10 stone and trans­form his life through run­ning. Hav­ing lost two grand­par­ents to cancer, both of whom were sup­ported by Macmil­lan pal­lia­tive care nurses, he’ll be rais­ing money for Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port. 13. Paula Shrimp­ton // Paula’s hop­ing to have a won­der­ful time in her first marathon while rais­ing money for VICTA, which sup­ports blind and par­tially sighted chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

14. Paul Wat­son // In 2005 a dou­ble leg break left the sporty 25-year-old strug­gling to walk. Told he’d never run again, he be­came depressed, but with the sup­port of his wife, Claire – and a new physio – he re­gained mo­bil­ity. Run­ning Lon­don will ful­fil a child­hood dream. He is rais­ing cash for the NSPCC. 15. Lucy Cook­man // Lucy is run­ning for all those peo­ple whose sight or hear­ing af­fects them ev­ery day, rais­ing funds for Deaf­blind UK, who helped her grand­mother re­main in­de­pen­dent when she lost her sight. 16. Emma Bur­rows // Hav­ing wanted to run Lon­don since watch­ing it on TV aged seven, Emma will be ful­fill­ing a dream and rais­ing cash for Alzheimer’s re­search in mem­ory of her grand­par­ents. 17. Reanne Birch // Run­ning for Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port to say thanks for the sup­port they give her mum in her fight with the disease.

18. Barinder­jit Singh

Cheema // The man with the best run han­dle ever – us­ingh_ bolt – is run­ning for The British Heart foun­da­tion af­ter a work col­league died from a heart at­tack last year.

19. Lizzie Fox // Lizzie saw her friend, Fred, for the last time on the day of the 2018 VMLM. She’ll be think­ing of him, both her grand­moth­ers and oth­ers ev­ery step of the way, while rais­ing money for Cancer Re­search UK. 20. David Up­ton // Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced his own strug­gles with men­tal health, it’s a bat­tle David un­der­stands and wants to fight in any way he can, so he’s run­ning to sup­port MIND and their es­sen­tial work help­ing peo­ple to stay afloat in our chal­leng­ing world. 21. Chloe Gil­trow Shaw // Af­ter los­ing her mother and grand­fa­ther to pan­cre­atic cancer, Chloe is run­ning Lon­don in mem­ory of them and to raise money for Pan­cre­atic Cancer UK. 22. Rachel Webster // Rachel will be run­ning to raise money for The Lily Foun­da­tion, in mem­ory of her niece, who died from mi­to­chon­drial disease aged just eight months. 23. Ploy Ramyananda // Run­ning for her dad – her ‘ true hero’ – who died from a stroke, and rais­ing money for the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion.

24. Dave Man­tle // Af­ter run­ning 3:00:32 in 2017 Dave was hop­ing for sub-3, but a plan­tar injury means he’s now in a race to get to the start line healthy. 25, 26. Jacquie Mil­lett and Martin Lang­lands // This will be 66-year-old Jacquie’s 189th marathon and eighth Lon­don, but this year will be ex­tra spe­cial – she’s an RW pacer. Her hus­band, Martin, can’t wait to run VMLM, as it’s part of a big­ger goal – it will be his fifth of the Ab­bott World Ma­jors and he’s aim­ing to com­plete the set of six in Boston next year.

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