Hospice Marathon runners raise more than £50,000

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The Willen Hospice Marathon runners pulled out all the stops at the Virgin London and Milton Keynes Marathons and to date have raised more than £50,000 with sponsorship still being collected.

71 runners donned their Willen Hospice colours and ran 26 miles in these physically and mentally demanding challenges to help raise the funds required helping the Hospice continue to provide the free, specialist care and support to their patients and families.

The Virgin London Marathon saw 17 Hospice runners, take to the streets of London on a warm and sunny day. The Hospice’s own Elaine Johnston completed the course in 5 hours and 20 minutes and was thrilled with her time. This was the first time that Elaine had actually run in a Marathon, despite having supported the Willen Hospice runners for the past four years.

Sunday, April 29, saw 57 runners, 10 per cent of the entry number, take to the redways of Milton Keynes to be part of the historic launch of the first ever ‘Green Marathon’.

The weather on the day certainly tested the strength of the runners who were cheered on by the Hospice Team who had taken up position next to Willen Hospice.

The Willen Hospice Marathon runners included Richard Neale who completed three Marathons, Brighton, Virgin London and Milton Keynes over three consecutive weekends. Juliette Roberts bid and successfully won her Marathon place by taking part in a fundraising auction organised by Up and Running. Joanne Campbell had flown from Australia to take part in the London Marathon, in memory of her Aunt who had been cared for by the Hospice.

The Willen Hospice Marathon Runners were invited to a post Marathon Reception at the Hospice where they were personally thanked by Chief Executive Paul Hinson and treated to a celebratory glass of champagne.

Paul said: “We were thrilled that so many people took up this demanding challenge on behalf of the Hospice. The team from the Hospice gave fantastic support at the MK Marathon to our runners and were definitely the loudest supporters on the route. We would like to thank all the runners for their grit, determination and hard work.”