London Marathon: Here's your guide on Bromley and Bexley runners to look out for at the finish line
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 April 2017
Money is being raised for an array of charities including Ellenor, Brake, The National Brain Appeal, and Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice
The London Marathon 2016 saw a record number, of 247,069 runners, take to the city’s streets to brave the 26.2 mile stretch.
And this year, an array of Bromley and Bexley residents are set to tackle the gruelling challenge with the aim of raising money for charities close to their hearts.
Here’s your run down of local runners to look out for at the finish line on April 23:
Author of the children’s book, Tale of the Unnamed Engine, Simon Martin, 29, from Sidcup, will be running to raise awareness of disability, paying tribute to his friends who have been affected by differing conditions.
His fundraising efforts will go to charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, and then on to St Cecilia’s care home in Bromley - which is opposite Mr Martin’s work place.
He said: “Some of my friends were assisted by disabled charities while we were growing up, one in particular who is sadly no longer with us.
“St Cecilia’s is close to my place of work in Bromley. I drive past it every day and it reminds me to keep training.”
Mr Martin is looking to raise £2,000 and sponsors can support him through: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SimonACMartin
Bexleyheath resident Laura Stanley, 30, is taking part in the marathon to raise money for The National Brain Appeal after they helped her when she suffered a stroke aged 23.
She said: “Doctors don’t know what caused my brain haemorrhage or whether it might be a hereditary condition. This is why I want to do something to support research into neurological disorders, so in future these questions might be answered.
“I feel so passionate about running for The National Brain Appeal. It is my way of saying thank you for the care that I received at The National Hospital and also the care they gave my cousin’s father.”
To support Laura go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Laura-DStanley
Running on behalf of Blind Veterans UK, is Bromley woman Kate Foster, 28.
She’d like to raise money for the charity as a way of saying thank you for the support it provided to her grandad, Eric, after he lost his sight during the Second World War.
She said: “My grandfather, Eric, was blinded in World War II while fighting in Africa. They showed him that there is life beyond sight loss and helped him become a fantastic physiotherapist. He actually went on to set up the physio department at Barnsley District Hospital, as well as a private practice at home where I remember he used to treat my Dad for rugby injuries.
“Throughout his career the charity helped him in his role as a physiotherapist by providing specialist training and equipment. They were just fantastic.”
You can support Ms Foster by visiting, justgiving.com/fundraising/KatesMarathon2017.
Army warrant officer, Tony Richardson, 38, from Welling, has signed up to run the London Marathon, as his warm-up to prepare him for a bigger task this summer, and to raise money for charity, Brake.
He hopes the marathon will prepare him for the gruelling Ironman UK in July.
Ironman is a trio of back-to-back events - a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and then straight into a full 26.2 mile marathon.
Mr Richardson, who was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his services to sport, fitness and charity, is doing this fundraiding feat in memory of Kaine May, who died in a road crash in July 2011.
Mr May was just 14 when he was hit by a car whilst walking, with a friend to a local fun-fair.
Mr Richardson said: “Kaine was an outstanding yong man and a very talented sportsman. His whole family have been left in limbo after his tragic death.
“This year Kaine would turn 21 and having promised to always keep Kaine’s memory alive forever, I’m doing just that - by raising money in his memory for his charity Brake.”
Lisa Kendall, Brake’s community fundraising manager, added: “We greatly appreciate support from volunteers like Tony and we wouldn’t be able to continue our life-saving work without their help. Every penny raised will be put towards our work supporting families whose lives have been devastated by a road death or injury.”
To show your support for Tony, visit his Justgiving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/Tony-Richardson11
Sue Savin from Erith, is running on behalf of hospice Ellenor, and in memory of her mother, Linda Brooks, who was cared for there.
She said: “My mum devastatingly passed away from cancer in June 2015 and spent the final days of her life at ellenor Gravesend.
“The staff there were absolutely wonderful and took such great care of Mum. Even when she was no longer able to comprehend what was going on, they were gentle, tender and loving.”
You can sponsor Ms Savin via justgiving.com/fundraising/Sue-Savin3
Other people running to raise money for Ellenor include: Wayne Du Plessis, Faye Stapleton, Amy Savill, Tina Butler, Megan Prigmore, Kevin Denny, Maciej Kopec and Sagi Burton.
Bromley man, Kevin Howarth, is hoping to smash a world record when he runs the London Marathon on behalf of charities Demelza, and Orchid Cancer Care.
The former basketball player, who lives in Bromley Common, discovered an American had broken the world record for dribbling two basketballs at the London Marathon in 2015 - and decided he would claim the title for Britain.
The 45-year-old childminder has been training for the past year, and he aims to raise funds for children’s hospice charity Demelza and testicular cancer charity Orchid Cancer Care.
He said: “I stumbled across an article about the runner who broke the record for the fastest marathon dribbling two basketballs. He did it in 04:10:44.
“As a former basketball player and current runner, I looked at his time and thought - ‘I could do it faster than that!’.
“I can’t let an American come to my back yard and take all the glory. I intend on claiming the record for Britain and sending him packing!”
People wishing to sponsor Mr Howarth’s record attempt should visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KevHowarth
Sidcup dad, Ceyhun Uzun, 47, is putting himself through his paces for a Scooby Doo themed Guinness World Record London Marathon attempt.
He will be part of a five-person Scooby-Doo gang, as Scooby, with hopes of raising money for CLIC Sargent - a cancer charity for children and young people that helped his daughter Tanyel before she died of bone cancer.
The Scooby-Doo gang will be attempting to achieve a world record for the fastest marathon in a five person costume by carrying their own version of the legendary Mystery Machine van all the way around.
He said: “I’m hoping to raise as much as I can so that I can support this charity to help other families and young children. We are extremely thankful to all staff especially CLIC Sargent who have made our lives much easier to cope throughout this horrendous journey.”
Lewis Hay, running events fundraising manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “When cancer strikes young lives we fight tirelessly to limit the damage it causes beyond their health. We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Ceyhun and the Mystery Machine team enough for their fantastic efforts.”
To sponsor the Scooby gang’s London Marathon effort, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/ClicMysteryMachine
Graham Coles, borough commander of Bexley for London Fire Brigade, is set to tackle the 26-mile challenge to raise mmoney for Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.
He said: “I’m looking to raise £2000, and we’re currently up to around £770.
“I’m talking to people at Bluewater shopping centre to organise a static rowing event for myself, a few of the firefighters and cadets, there’s also the colour run in Danson Park later this year where we’ll be looking to raise some money.”
After stepping into the role of borough commander last August, Mr Coles met with the local hospice and was inspired by its role in the community.
The 48-year-old, who has spent 30 years with the Brigade, is no stranger to this challenge though, having completed it once before in 2013.
To donate visit Mr Coles’ JustGiving page, justgiving.com/fundraising/Graham-Coles68