Fourteen fantastic fundraisers complete a marathon challenge!

Published on: Tuesday 12 Oct 2021 at 00:15

A team of 14 runners and walkers completed the world-famous London Marathon and Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October 2021 in aid of St Clare Hospice. Nine of the team took on the 26.2 mile run through the capital, whilst two ran the distance around Harlow and one ran it around Halstead, both in Essex. The fourteen fantastic challengers have so far raised almost £20,000 for us and donations are still coming in.

Completing the London Marathon were:

Colin Moody (71) 03:51:40
Neil Payne MOST RAISED: (£3332.00) 04:22:39
Sarah Cass  (04:47:11)
Phoebe Pryor-Hilliard (04:56:31)
Richard Kuyper  (05:23:13)
Alison Walker (06:42:37)
Claire Stevens Pardoe (06:12:53)
Sophie Fisk (06:46:21)
Daniela Witten (05:38:40)
Gary Miles (05:25:38)

Completing the Virtual London Marathon were:

Terry and Jodie Staples (06:02:45)
Lorna-Rae Brown (08:09:48)
Charlotte Stock (08:43:52)

St Clare Hospice Challenges and Events fundraiser, Dani De’ath, said: “I’m the proudest challenges and events fundraiser to have had 14 runners who all competed the London Marathon with smiles on their faces, covering more than 340 miles between them. Some have waited since 2019 to run this moment; some ran in London, others in Essex, but all were amazing.”

Dani added: “We’d like to thank everyone who helped to raise money for our Hospice through the London Marathon 2021, including everyone who donated and sponsored a runner.  Your support is absolutely invaluable to us, and allows us to care for people and their families each and every day. Thank you!”

Virtual Marathon participant, Lorna-Rae Brown who completed her marathon around Halstead in Essex, said afterwards: “It was an honour to walk the virtual marathon and raise money for St Clare Hospice, in memory of Darren. £1,000 raised so far. Thanks to everyone who sponsored and sent kind wishes.”

Gary Miles, from Bishops Stortford, said: “The atmosphere was amazing, and you forget the pain when you’re having fun!” Gary recalls. “I had my name on my St Clare Hospice running vest and everyone was calling my name out as I was running; it really spurred me on. It’s the people that really keep you going.”

Despite feeling a little bit stiff, Gary is recovering well from his marathon effort and has even entered next year’s ballot already!

“The London Marathon is one of the highlights in our challenges and events calendar,” explained Dani. “It takes a very special person to take on such an enormous challenge as running a marathon but if you are successful in the ballot, please get in touch with the fundraising team at St Clare Hospice and we will support you through your training and on the day.”

The TCS London Marathon will take place on Sunday 2nd October 2022.

For more information on how to take part in a vast range of challenges and events on behalf of St Clare Hospice, visit our challenges pages, or get in touch with Dani De’ath on 01279 773738 or via email:

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