News Thanet Roadrunners to Raise Thousands for Charity at the 2015 London Marathon Thanet Roadrunners to Raise Thousands for Charity at the 2015 London Marathon


Report by Ian Lockyer
2015-04-10 21:41:24

Thanet Roadrunners to Raise Thousands for Charity at the 2015 London Marathon

Runners from across the Isle of Thanet will be pounding the streets of the capital on April 26th for the annual London Marathon.  Among these runners will be a large contingent from local Athletics and running club, Thanet Roadrunners AC whose members will be aiming to raise thousands of pounds for charity with their efforts over the 26 mile course which starts in the beautiful Greenwich Park, taking runners past London's famous sights including Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf, Tower of London, Nelson's Column, Millennium Wheel before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.  

Since the first London Marathon in 1981, runners have raised more than £600 million for charity, making it the largest annual one-day fundraising event in the world. The world famous event continues to grow in size, stature and popularity with more than 35,000 runners each year.

Running the London Marathon and fundraising for charity has never been more popular, last year 77 per cent of the runners aised money for charitable causes.   Here is an introduction to the each Thanet Roadrunner, undertaking this race, and the worthy causes that they are raising money for:

Michelle Foreman is running the London Marathon for The Aspinall Foundation whose aims is to protect endangered animals, their habitat and return animals back to the wild. 

Michelle who works as a Vulnerable Person Officer for a living and lives in Westgate-On-Sea said, 'I joined Thanet Roadrunners in  the summer of 2014 and quickly fell in love with the social as well as the running aspect of the club…I absolutely love it!'

She added, 'I have three children aged  4,7  and 9 years old and we all have a passion for animals and have rescued a few in the past.  Both my boys want to work with animals when they are older.'

'As a society I feel we need to protect these wild animals before they become extinct, that is why I am aiming to raise as much money for this great charity.'

If you want to sponsor Michelle, please visit her fundraising page:

Claire Rodd is running  the London Marathon for the charity 'Hospice UK'. Hospice UK's aim is to deliver the highest quality of care to people with terminal or life limiting conditions and support their families.

Claire who works as a physiotherapist and lives in Birchington joined Thanet Roadrunners in May 2014. Claire previously addicted to the gym has now converted to running and loves being part of the club for the training and social aspect.

Claire said, 'I have spent a lot of time working in the local hospice,  supporting their patients as a physiotherapist. Having had family and friends stay in the hospice she found their care and support invaluable....I am aiming to raise as much money as possible to support this worthy cause.'.

If you want to sponsor Claire, please visit her fundraising page:

Sue Thomas is running the 2015 Virgin London Marathon for Bradstow school, where she works in Housekeeping.  

Sue has been married for 30 years and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.  She has been running for over 4 years and has been an active member Thanet Roadrunners AC for some time.

Bradstow School which is situated in Broadstairs, is a residential special school registered as a children's home for children and young people with severe learning difficulties who are on the autistic spectrum continuum.  Many of the children and young people have associated communication difficulties and emotional/behavioural challenges associated with their disabilities and medical problems.

If you want to sponsor Sue, please visit her fundraising page: Virgin Money Giving website.

Julia Hermitage is running the 2015 Virgin London Marathon to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.  

This will be Julia’s fourth London marathon (her seventh marathon in total) and she will be running for this cause as a member of her family has been receiving treatment for a brain tumour since she was just 8 months old. 

Julia takes up the story, ‘Of all the worthy charities that could be chosen, why have I selected this one? Let me tell you a little bit about Orla, who is 3 years old. Orla was diagnosed at 10 months with a grade 4 malignant brain tumour called a Glioblastoma Multiforme. Unfortunately there is no cure for this type of cancer currently. Due to her tumour Orla suffers from intense pain an suffers from epilepsy and has severe Tonic Clonic seizures. She has suffered 2 horrific brain haemorrhages, the second of which left her completely paralysed, she lost all her words and memory and had to re-learn everything. She has physiotherapy to help her learn how to walk. Her eyes are affected and she has double vision. She has had 6 operations on her brain and has been on chemotherapy almost continually for over 2 years. The list of ailments go on and on but throughout the 2 and a half years of torture she has remained such a happy child. Her steely determination shines through and she clearly has no intention of giving up her fight easily! She is an inspiration to us and all who know her.  

‘Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if no-one had to go through this? With more funding the research could find vital answers on how to treat or even cure this devastating condition.’

Julia added, ‘ Brain Tumour Research needs every penny they can get. Brain tumours kill more children and teenagers every year in the UK than anything else….anything….more than car accidents or leukaemia or drowning...anything. And more people under the age of 40 die of a brain tumour than any other cancer.  But unfortunately brain tumour research receives less than 1% of the annual spend on cancer research. I have absolutely no idea why. So I would love it if you would consider a donation to the vital cause.’

To donate to this worthy cause, please visit her fundraising page:

Pam Philpot is running the 2015 Virgin London Marathon for Sense.  

Sense is the UK's largest organisation offering support to deafblind people and their families. Established in 1955 as a parent's support group, Sense now offers a range of services - including, advice, housing, education and practical help to children and adults who are both deaf and blind.

Pam said, 'Having worked as a midwife and in Special Care Baby Unit for many years, I have nursed babies who have been born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome. This is a condition that occurs in an infant whose mother is infected with the virus that causes German measles. Many will have hearing loss, cataracts, other eye conditions, brain trauma and heart problems that require significant hospital treatment and will affect the child ( and their family) throughout their life. '

She added, 'Training for the London Marathon is always a lot of hard work, but I am just happy to be running for the club and Sense….it's not the biggest charity around, so every little helps.'

If you want to sponsor Pam, please visit her fundraising page: 

Tanya Edwards is running the 2015 Virgin London Marathon for Pilgrims Hospices,  a charity providing palliative care free of charge to people in East Kent.

Tanya, mother to Willow and wife to Simon only joined the club a few years ago with the purpose of staying fit and is now funning her first London Marathon. 

Tanya said, 'I chose Pilgrims Hospices because I truly admire all the hard work they do taking care of people who are very sick, providing much needed support for their families.  Unfortunately I have known too many friends and colleagues that have had to use the Pilgrims hospice but it's a real comfort knowing they have been so well looked after.' 

She added, 'Training has been tough, there have been good and bad times. It takes a lot of your free time up. I'm lucky to have a the best support group from my family and my running club. I've got some fantastic running buddies who have really been getting me through the long training runs.' 

Tanya took part in her first marathon, the Beachy Head Marathon, last October (see picture)  with lots of other members from the club.  She said, 'it's a day I will never forget.  The London Marathon  will be a completely different experience and I'm really looking forward to the atmosphere.' 

If you want to sponsor Tanya, please visit her fundraising page:

Ian Lockyer, Vice Chairman of Thanet Roadrunners AC said, ‘Running the London Marathon was possibly the most rewarding experience of my life.  It is great the way our runners are putting in the hard training for the benefit of others.   I hope that they have a fabulous marathon experience.  The support you get from the crowds is amazing and running past some of the major landmarks is such a  incredible. experience.  Good luck guys!’


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