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.