The Virgin London Marathon takes place on Sunday 23 April 2017 and is the largest annual fundraising event in the UK. It began in 1981 and since then runners have raised over £830 million for good causes.
This year, 42 amazing runners make up Team Maggie’s. Together they are hoping to raise over £100,000 to help us continue to provide the vital cancer support to everyone affected by cancer.
We are so proud to have them on our team and can’t thank them enough for the difference their fundraising will make to the support we offer in our Centres across the UK. Good luck to all our runners. We'll be there on the day to cheer you over the finish line!
A few of our runners tell us why they are supporting Maggie’s at the marathon:
“I was diagnosed with melanoma in my calf in October 2015. It was caught early but surgery left me immobile for weeks which was difficult with two young boys.
Maggie’s Aberdeen helped me process the diagnosis and understand what it meant for me. My first visit there will stay with me for a long time. I only popped in to get something signed, and they gave me so much of their time to talk to me.
It was the first time I had really talked about it. They helped me see that it was okay to feel overwhelmed even though I was lucky to have caught it early.
Having neglected my fitness, this was the catalyst to get my trainers on and, to me, there is no bigger challenge than the London Marathon.
Doing it for Maggie’s lets me give something back, repay their kindness and keeps me going through the training.
I’m not a natural runner so I’m both excited and nervous about the race but I like a challenge and am very honoured to be on Team Maggie’s!”
Visit Team Maggie's JustGiving page to show your support.
Ruth de Fraine
“I've had cancer three times over the last 15 years. The last time I had cancer it was the eventual double mastectomy. After adjusting to my flat chest I decided now was the ideal time to put my new stream lined look to the test and fulfil a long held ambition – and also to prove there is life after cancer - to enter the London Marathon.
I knew if I was going to run it had to be for a cancer charity because I wanted to give something back for all the care, love, kindness and hope I have been shown by so many people during some very dark and tearful times during each of my diagnoses.
What better charity to run for than my local Maggie’s Centre in Oxford – their care, their love, their understanding is unparalleled; they are a beacon of hope, of calm when life is scary and uncertain.
Right now the marathon seems a daunting prospect – training has been hard over the last few weeks when it has been cold and wet and there have been many times when I have questioned my ability to complete this challenge.
But I SHALL run and I SHALL cross the finish line and I SHALL be proud of every penny I raise for this wonderful organisation.”
Sponsor Team Maggie's on their JustGiving page