We're delighted to share that fundraisers running the Brighton Marathon and London Marathon this year have raised an incredible £8000 for Children on the Edge.
It was a record-breaking number of runners for us at both events this year; with seven people running the Brighton Marathon and two runners taking on the infamous London Marathon.
We caught up with some of them after their races to see what they had to say.....
Mhairi chose to run the Brighton Marathon for Children on the Edge after a visit to refugee camps in Lebanon inspired her to want to make a difference. She was the first of our runners over the finish line in 4 hours and 15 minutes. She said: “I really enjoyed my first marathon and I am so chuffed to have been able to support your amazing charity”.
Todd was very nervous at the start of the race; a knee injury that had been plaguing him throughout training and he was unsure if he'd be able to manage the gruelling 26.2 miles. But he did it! He said: “That was quite the experience. My legs aren’t feeling great but I am so happy. It was an absolute honour to run for you guys, and it really helped knowing that the pain I felt was just temporary compared to that of the children that you work with. I was always going to finish!”.
Seasoned runner Andy who was marking his 50th birthday with the Brighton Marathon was disappointed with his time but had a different perspective. He said: “I was 5 minutes slower than last time but helping the Children in the Edge cause more than made up for that!".
Children on the Edge sadly aren't able to access charity places for the London Marathon but we were were delighted when supporters Alice and Tracey got in touch to say that had been successful in getting a ballot place and wanted to run for Children on the Edge.
With a whopping 42,500 finishers, the London Marathon is a such a special event and both Alice and Tracey were so pleased to have taken part.
Tracey said: ‘It was such an incredible day but so much tougher that I anticipated! The crowds were just phenomenal. Remembering why I was running in those last few miles really keep me going.”
First time marathon runner Alice said: ''That was the most incredible thing I’ve ever done and I’m so glad I could run for Children on The Edge and raise money for such a good cause”
Children on the Edge want to say a huge thank you to all our marathon runners who have taken on one of the toughest challenges over the last few weeks. Together, our team of superheroes have raised just over £8,000 for the work we do with vulnerable and forgotten children across the world.
Could you take on a running challenge for Children on the Edge? We can offer full fundraising support, along with a free running vest plus tips and advice from our resident marathon runner and Fundraising Officer, Kerry!
Naby, who ran the Brighton Marathon said: “I would encourage everyone to take on a challenge that makes you focus on a goal and to use that opportunity to raise money and awareness of charities like Children on the Edge”.
If you'd like to run the Brighton Marathon for us next year, find out more and apply for one of our charity places.
If you're lucky enough to get a place at the London Marathon in 2020, please consider running for Children on the Edge. Get in touch with us to find out more.