Some of our wonderful #TeamMND runners have shared their London Marathon memoirs with us which we hope will inspire you and other runners during the lead up to the big day on Sunday 23 April.
This year we have over 150 dedicated runners taking part to collectively raise over £285,000. Thank you to everyone taking part for all that you have done to get to this point, and for all that you’re about to do on race day!
A magazine editor, who confesses to hating running, took a place in the London Marathon through his work so that he could support the MND Association.
John-James Anisiøbi, who works as a digital news editor in the online OK! Magazine team, was offered a place by Lucozade just 12 weeks before the marathon.
JJ, who will run in honour of his grandma, who has MND, said:
“I decided to give it a go, stupidly thinking it couldn’t be that hard. This is my first marathon and almost certainly my last. I can’t stand running. I do play a lot of sport but it’s all short bursts of energy like boxing and football.”
“I’m finding it difficult to fit in training with my love of drinking scotch and sleeping.
“My grandma said she’s very proud of me and thinks I’m very brave. I’ll be extremely happy when I complete the marathon and give her my medal.”
Leading up to the London Marathon, Angela Newman has raised over £12,000, ran six marathons and suffered a fractured foot, all as part of her quest to support the MND Association.
Angela completed the Brighton Marathon just over a week ago and is ready to take on her final challenge this weekend with the world’s most iconic race.
She started her challenge in October 2015, having never run a marathon before and with the aim of running seven marathons in seven months, but after suffering a stress fracture in her femur after her fifth marathon, she had to delay her mission until after her recovery.
She is supporting #TeamMND in memory of her friend Maria’s dad Charlie, and said:
“He had 7 months of suffering from diagnosis to death so I felt I would take on a challenge that signified that in some way. Charlie was a wonderful father, husband and grandfather. I am now finally completing the challenge at the London marathon. What a one to finish on hey!”
James Groves and loved ones have helped to raise over £8,000 in memory of his mum Jenny who had MND.
James, who has ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon and cycled the Prudential Ride London, will now run the London Marathon this Sunday in his mum’s memory.
“My lovely mum Jenny was diagnosed with MND in July 2015. Knowing that she was going to be robbed of the things she liked doing the most, her tap dancing and having a good chin wag, was soul destroying. However in family Groves fashion she cracked on with incredible courage, laughing her way through. She loved all the fundraising we were doing as a family for the MND Association. She passed away in December 2016.”
“Running and cycling has been coping mechanism for me, simply being able to switch off, relax and explore. I am running the London Marathon to spread awareness of MND, it has shocked me how so few really understand what it is. But I am mainly running in her memory and as challenge to myself. The training has kept me focused on something over the last few months. I can’t believe how great all the support from #TeamMND has been, it really has been brilliant and look forward to wearing the vest with pride on the 23rd doing my bit for the MND Association.”
Best friends Stephanie White and Katherine Rigby signed up to run the London Marathon 2017 for #TeamMND after Stephanie’s step-father, William Fulford, was diagnosed with MND in April 2015.
The pair have already raised an amazing £6000 through hosting a ladies pamper and Pimms night, a superhero boot camp, a curry and quiz night and a charity fun day in September 2016.
Still to come is a Wrabness Ramble, where all members of the family are welcome (including furry, four-legged ones) to enjoy walking along the coast and views of the famous Grayson & House, a raffle prize draw and hot drinks with home-made cakes at the local village hall in Wrabness, Manningtree. More details can be found on their Facebook event page.
“Since learning how cruel and rare motor neurone disease is, we wanted to make a difference somehow. We are really proud of what we’ve achieved so far and we’re looking forward to our latest fundraiser before the big day.
“Since being diagnosed, we have all found it so hard to come to terms with things, but throughout, William has been so strong and our inspiration whilst training in the cold and wet nights.
“He has continued to be a father, a husband and a successful business owner of a car body repair workshop, Fulford Motorsport in Colchester. William is fighting MND every day and I know he would do anything to have his life back again, as would all the other MND sufferers out there.”
Josh Younger decided to support the MND Association after his company chose us as their charity of the year.
The 29-year-old, who works in the UK Advisory & Corporate Broking team at Credit Suisse, will run the London Marathon this weekend.
“MND first came on my radar through the plights of two sportsmen I had followed growing up, South Africa scrum half Joost van der Westhuizen and Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen, and having it as our charity of the year was definitely a motivation to run.”
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