Team St Clare prepare for London Marathon

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Published on: Thursday 15 Mar 2018 at 12:02

Nine runners on Team St Clare are getting ready for the London Marathon 2018 on Sunday 22nd April!

This year, a team of nine runners will be tackling the world-famous London Marathon in aid of St Clare Hospice. On Sunday 22nd April 2018, the nine runners will represent St Clare at the UK’s largest marathon, taking on the challenging 26.2 mile route through the capital.

Six of the runners received Gold Bond places for this year’s London Marathon and were chosen by St Clare from a host of applicants all vying to run for Team St Clare. Three additional runners chose to run in aid of the Hospice after securing their own place through the ballot. St Clare is still encouraging those lucky enough to secure a ballot place of their own, to get in touch and fundraise for St Clare Hospice – with no minimum fundraising target required.

Competing with Team St Clare this April are: Ray Cogan (35 years, Stansted), Clare Birch, (49 years, Little Hallingbury), Rebecca Dolan (27 years, Much Hadham), Kim Bird (61 years, Bishops Stortford), Luke Hayes, (26 years, Sawbridgeworth), Tamsin Dowsett (30 years, London), David Henderson (49 years, Buckhurst Hill), Ian Longman (Harlow) and Rosie East (Waltham Abbey).

The group are aiming to raise a combined total of more than £15,000 of much-needed funding for the  hospice – enough to fund over four weeks of care from their Patient and Family Support Team, which includes vital bereavement counselling, practical support, therapy for young people and families, and spiritual care.

Clare Birch, who is running the London Marathon for Team St Clare, said:

“I’m really excited to run the London Marathon! I was so pleased to get a place – it’s one of those things you always want to do but you never expect to be able to do it, but now it’s happening! St Clare is such a sunny place – it’s bright and everyone is so lovely. Although I’ve never really been a runner before and the marathon will be a big challenge for me, the hospice is such a good cause that I am willing to accept it to raise vital funding!”

St Clare Hospice’s Challenges and Events Fundraiser, Emma Broadbent, said:

“As always, we are so excited for Team St Clare to compete in the London Marathon! It’s a one-of-a-kind event, famous all over the world for its incredible atmosphere and prestige. Competing in the event is such a special way to support St Clare, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“If you were one of the lucky 17,000 people to secure a ballot place, St Clare needs you! There is still time, if you received a ballot place, to decide to join Team St Clare and help us generate much-needed funds for our hospice care. Put your ballot place to good use and turn it into an opportunity to help local families in need of our care. You won’t have a minimum target to raise for us, but you will receive all the support, encouragement and satisfaction of being a part of Team St Clare!”

For more information about London Marathon 2018, please click here. If you’ve been inspired to take on a challenge for St Clare Hospice, please click here, or get in touch with Emma Broadbent at 01279 773754 or email [email protected]

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