We celebrated the return of the London Marathon – the World’s biggest Marathon and biggest fundraising event – over last weekend.
TOFS had five runners (Amreeta, Chris, Helen, Mark, and James) in the streets of London, plus seven (Andrew, Christopher, Vanessa, Denise, Louisa, Crystal and Tom) nearer their homes running the Marathon virtually. Despite the organisers’ suggestion that people should stay at home to watch on TV – as a Covid precaution- the London streets were busy with spectators.
To support our runners, we set up a cheering station half-way and three-quarters of the way around the London course, with banners, flags, and Trustees Darrell Hill and John Pearce acting as event ambassadors.
Fortunately, the weather smiled on us, apart from a sharp shower in the late afternoon. All our runners finished, and in reasonable times, and we believe no-one has anything worse than aches and tiredness to show for it. You may have even seen Mark featured in the BBC highlights programme.
And it was very successful as a fundraiser for TOFS – so far, over £11,000 is on its way to TOFS. What a great result, especially in a year which has been tough for fundraisers. We are very grateful to all our runners and their supporters. If you would like to support them you can find details of their fundraising pages here. https://www.tofs.org.uk/news/2021/07/introducing-out-2021-virgin-london-marathon-runners-virtual-london-marathon-runners-and-great-north-run-runners.aspx?showText=run
If this has inspired you to run next year’s marathon then don’t fear. TOFS will have places for both the 2022 London Marathon and Virtual London Marathon. Please let us know now (via email@example.com) if you might be interested in joining the TOFS Team.