Tens of thousands of runners will take to the streets of England’s capital today to run the 2023 TCS London Marathon, including a team of more than 80 runners taking on this world-famous route to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.
Amongst those running the 26.2 miles to support our vital work is Colin Bone. It’s Colin’s second time taking on the London Marathon despite confessing to “not liking running”. His efforts are inspired by his mum Lucille, who died from the disease in March 2022.
Colin (pictured with Lucille after his first London Marathon) said: “The treatment Mum had was made possible by all those who have already fundraised to support brain tumour research.
“I wanted to give something back to the incredible work and research that helped Mum, so in 2019 I trained for and ran the London Marathon. I had no previous running experience, in fact I really didn’t like running, but Mum came to London that day and she really enjoyed seeing me finish.”
Today, Colin will honour the promise he made to his mum that he would do it all again when he crosses the famous finish line on The Mall. He has raised more than £8,200 on his JustGiving page.
He added: “Brain tumours are the meanest of all. They kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours. I’m on a mission to change that, even if it does mean going outside of my comfort zone, because fundraising makes such a difference to people affected by brain cancer.”
Good luck to everyone running the London Marathon today. We’ll be cheering you on every step of the way!
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