With less than two weeks to go, supporters are limbering up for the 2023 TCS London Marathon.
On Sunday 23rd April, 50,000 runners will take on the iconic 26.2-mile route. Amongst them will be a team of more than 70 Brain Tumour Research supporters who are lacing up their trainers to raise vital funds and awareness to help find a cure for brain tumours.
Kristen Guyler (pictured) is crossing the Atlantic to take on her fifth marathon, travelling from her home in New Jersey to run in memory of her uncle Owen, who died in January 2022. She said: “Running is my happy place, so doing a marathon in his home country for Brain Tumour Research seemed like the perfect combination.”
Alan Robinson is no stranger to running. He set up a Fundraising Group called Stronger Together for Nicola in memory of his wife Nicola, who died in October 2021. During his first year of fundraising, Alan went the extra mile, completing five half marathons, as well as the Belfast Marathon, and in less than 10 days, he’ll cross his next finish line on The Mall.
It’s a different story for Shauna Miller, who says she “hates running”. Despite that, she’s putting herself through her paces inspired by her best friend’s son Ben who was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma when he was just two. Shauna added: “Running is really not my thing, but I keep doing it for Brain Tumour Research because it’s such an important cause.”
While Tomek Mossakowski says he is putting his “skinny little legs” to use and running in memory of his father Boleslaw, better known as Moss, who died from a glioma in 2015. Tomek said: “I’m extremely emotional about running the London marathon for this cause, and I will absolutely be teary on the day. I know Tata would be proud of me - but he hated exercise so I can’t picture him wanting to run it with me!”
Good luck to everyone for your final days of training. We’ll be cheering you over the finish line!
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