2 more of our Marathon runners give their thoughts on why they wanted to raise money for the Circulation Foundation
Mike Davis first:
''I had previously run three marathons, but for a long time had the goal of running the London Marathon. I was able to achieve that goal this year and gained a place through the Circulation Foundation. The charity is linked closely to my job as a clinical vascular scientist, and so it was great to know that all the funds raised would benefit in some way the patients I deal with day in day out. At this stage I have managed to raise around £1200, which I hope can make a real difference to this valuable charity. Training and preparation for the day had gone well and I was relieved once the day arrived and we were off. In the build up to the day I had heard from lots of friends who had previously run in the London marathon, about how much of an amazing experience it is, and I must say, it did not disappoint. The support is phenomenal, with thousands lining the route, and the famous London sites you get to see with the streets closed to thousands of runners is amazing! The day itself turned out to be a lot hotter and sunnier than anticipated, and this took it's toll a bit. However, I was still able to finish in a time of 3 hours 40 minutes, which although not a PB, I was very happy with. The whole day was a fantastic experience, and I would encourage anybody thinking of taking on this challenge to do so, as you will not regret it!!!''
and then Chelsey Foster:
"I wanted to run the London Marathon for my cousin Sarah. I can't run and I'm relatively unfit so I thought what better way to raise money and awareness than to put myself through the pain and suffering of the London Marathon! My cousin was a beautiful soul and one of the best humans I had the privilege of knowing. She was taken from us suddenly owing to a blood clot in her pulmonary artery which eventually stopped her from breathing. She was only 26 and was due to get married so it hit everyone pretty hard. It also turns out that my dad has just been diagnosed with DVT and I wanted to raise as much money for research and as much awareness as possible as it such a tricky, invisible illness!
A huge thank you to them both!!