The London Marathon is one of the world’s most popular marathons. With around 30,000 participants, it attracts both professional and amateur athletes to its 26-mile course past some of London’s most iconic sites.
Runners pass by the Old Royal Naval College, the Cutty Sark, cross Tower Bridge, pass the Tower of London on Tower Hill, catch the sights of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, and finish on The Mall alongside St James’s Palace.
This year, on 28 April, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is pleased to announce we have a team running to raise money to fund vital care and services for children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses and their families, in North and Central London and Hertsmere. We caught up (pun intended) with two of our runners, Sian and Evie, on why they chose the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 and Noah’s Ark.
“I actually hated PE at school,” admitted Sian. “But at the age of 22 I decided to sign up for the British 10K as a challenge to myself. I then did a couple more and have been into running ever since.”
“I got into running as Sian convinced me to do a 10k with her,” continued Evie
Sian and Evie are sisters from Enfield in North London. Sian is a Beauty Editor and Evie is a Music Publicist. They live and train together in Islington, London.
“We both wanted to do a marathon and in 2013 we decided to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon together,” said Sian. “We wanted to raise money for a local charity – something that really impacted the local community; so we chose Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. Coming from Enfield this was really important to us.”
Evie continued, “We found everyone at Noah’s Ark really supportive. They not only helped us with fundraising but checked in on us during training to see how we were doing.”
“After we completed the half marathon in 2013 we both decided to take a break from running,” said Sian, “It was Evie who talked me into doing the London Marathon for 2019.”
“Everyone can do it,” said Evie. “It feels so daunting at first, but we have joined an online community of Marathon runners for support. So many different people do it, from different fitness levels and for different reasons. If you really want to do it, you just need to set your mind to it.”
“We got back into training at the beginning of January and are training together,” continued Sian. “It can seem odd, you hate running whilst you’re doing it but feel elated immediately afterwards! We’ve also formed support groups with colleagues at work to help keep us motivated.”
“I’ve also used my training for inspiration at work, writing articles on the London Marathon and how to prepare for it,” she continued. “It’s the first time we’ve both done the London Marathon so we’re very excited.”
Evie said finally, “Everyone sees this as such an important event. People think we’re crazy to do it just for fun but I think it’ll be a big personal achievement.”
Feeling inspired? Take a look at our other Challenge Events and help raise money for Noah’s Ark children’s Hospice.
If you’ve been lucky enough to get a place in this year’s London Marathon and are looking for an amazing charity to raise money for, then look no further than Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice! Contact James at JTitley@noahsarkhospice.org.uk for more information.