Team St Clare smash London Marathon 2018!

Published on: Tuesday 24 Apr 2018 at 12:19

A huge congratulations to the amazing Team St Clare who smashed the London Marathon 2018!

A team of eight runners and one wheelchair racer completed the world-famous London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2018 in aid of St Clare Hospice. Team St Clare represented our Hastingwood-based hospice at the UK’s largest marathon, taking on the challenging 26.2 mile route through the capital to raise vital funding.

When all donations are received, is it expected that Team St Clare will have raised over £22,000 in sponsorship money for us. That’s enough to fund over five weeks of care from our Patient and Family Support team, which includes bereavement counselling, practical support and therapy for young people and families.

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. Two additional runners chose to run in aid of the Hospice after securing their own place through the ballot. One wheelchair racer also competed on Team St Clare in the Elite Wheelchair London Marathon.

Competing with Team St Clare at the Marathon on Sunday was:

Ray Cogan (36 years, Stansted) Time: 03:58:58

Clare Birch (49 years, Little Hallingbury) Time: 05:47:32

Rebecca Dolan (27 years, Much Hadham) Time: 04:49:45

Kim Bird (61 years, Bishops Stortford) Time: 06:50:11

Luke Hayes (26 years, Sawbridgeworth) Time: 05:46:38

Tamsin Dowsett (30 years, London) Time: 05:06:59

David Henderson (50 years, Buckhurst Hill) Time: 04:22:52

Rosie East (24 years, Waltham Abbey) Time: 03:54:11

Adam Goldspink-Burgess (21 years, Harlow) (Wheelchair Racer) Time: 02:34:09


Rebecca Dolan, who competed on Team St Clare at the London Marathon 2018 said:

“The London Marathon is by far the best event I have ever been a part of. The support from both friends and strangers is incredible – they really give you a boost in those tough moments. A day I’ll never forget!”

Tamsin Dowsett, who competed on Team St Clare at the London Marathon 2018 said:

“Preparing for the Marathon is one of the most challenging things I’ve done – mostly due to an injury brought on by training. However, it taught me about resilience and how ultimately everything can be alright in the end as the experience was amazing and I walked away injury-free. The Marathon is something I now believe anyone can do. Our bodies are amazing and nothing is impossible!”

Rosie East, who competed on Team St Clare at the London Marathon 2018 said:

“What an amazing day! The crowds really do get you through the last 6 miles. I’ve never heard so many people shouting my name. Such a good experience, I wish I could do it all over again!”

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

“We are so incredibly proud of everyone who took part in running the London Marathon for Team St Clare this year. Each of them achieved an incredible feat while also raising vital money for their local hospice charity, and we couldn’t be more grateful! The atmosphere on the day was incredible (as expected!), with lots of people cheering and keeping the runners motivated – especially as it was the hottest London Marathon on record!”

Emma continued:

“We’d like to thank everyone on Team St Clare who helped to raise money for our hospice through the London Marathon 2018 – and that includes 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!”

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