Last weekend’s London Marathon was officially the hottest on record. With the mercury rising to 24°C in the capital, the 26.2 mile course suddenly got a lot tougher for 40,255 runners. But that didn’t stop our team of 41 runners from hitting the tarmac and running their hearts out for Children in Crisis. Hailing from as far afield as America, Chile, Japan, Australia and even the UK - Team Children in Crisis was an international tour de force.
Children in Crisis staff also came out in force to cheer on our runners along the route - some of whom we missed due to taking a group photo. We’re sorry Betty Topping! You were just too damn fast for us. Her finishing time was an impressive 03:28:22.
We managed to catch up with Betty at the post-race reception. Afterwards, she told us that it was “by far the most amazing marathon experience! Thank you Team CIC!”
Similar to her teammates, Thea Lacey, Interim Director of Programmes at Children in Crisis, signed up because she wanted to challenge herself and raise money for a good cause. Unlike the rest of Team Children in Crisis, Thea had a slightly different/unusual training regime.
“Running the London Marathon was tough! But I knew it would be. I didn’t get the chance to train as much as I’d have liked to. However, I did manage to get a bit of training while I was visiting our programmes in Sierra Leone and DR Congo. It was an amazing experience to run along dirt roads for miles without seeing another person. I have to admit that the weather there did prepare me a little for the hot weather,” said Thea Lacey, Interim Director of Programmes.
Another member of Team Children in Crisis, Jeanette Courtman said “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for letting me run for Children in Crisis. It was such a honour to raise money for the charity.”
For our runners, Children in Crisis provided personalised support to help with everything from training plans to help with fundraising - and of course motivation!
Taking part in a marathon or challenge event shows an incredible level of support and dedication, which begins long before the day of the race. We’re incredibly grateful to our supporters who took time out to train, run and raise money for Children in Crisis. It’s their hard work, on and off the course, that will allow us to protect and educate more children.