Introducing… our lovely London Marathon runners!

Introducing… our lovely London Marathon runners!

Tue 23 April

On Sunday 28thApril four amazing runners are taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for BTRS. 

Arguably the most popular marathon in the country, getting a place in this challenging race is difficult, and we’re thrilled to have Mary Hampshire, Hilary Humpleby, Zoe Cox and John Cox representing BTRS.

Below are some wonderful words from our runners, and the fantastic causes driving them to the finish line on Sunday.

If you’d like to help them reach their fundraising targets, you can donate via Just Giving here:

John Cox: “My Auntie recovered from breast cancer, only to then be diagnosed with a brain tumour, and she passed away in 2014. BTRS was the charity closest to her heart and she received a lot of fantastic support from the team. Back in 2011, we did the Big Bike Ride for BTRS, when they were called Andrea’s Gift. My auntie came along to surprise us at one of the checkpoints, which really lifted our spirits and helped us to finish the ride. So, when the London Marathon came up, I thought, “Why not?”. It was fate then that my wife Zoe got a ballot place and we are delighted to be able to run together for BTRS.”
Mary Hampshire: “I got a place in the London Marathon through my running club, Otley AC, and I felt like I had won the lottery. I chose to represent BTRS in recognition of one of their founders and trustees, Mr Paul Chumas (Consultant Neurosurgeon in Leeds). Mr Chumas operated on my son a few years ago to remove a rare benign tumour in his spinal cord. My son made a full recovery and is now 15 and representing Yorkshire in competitive cycling. So, this is me taking on a personal challenge as a huge thank you!”
Hilary: “My husband died last year from a brain tumour, having been diagnosed 15 months earlier in 2017. BTRS was there from day one – they are a massive help. My husband and I loved going to Support Group together and Sam (Patient Support Specialist) has stayed in touch with me through a really terrible year. I now go to the BTRS Meet Up and Memories group and it is like seeing old friends. I won a place in the London Marathon through my running club: I had been trying to get a place for five years and it has come at just the right time. I was feeling fed up and depressed but getting into the marathon has given me huge motivation to get back into running. In fact, this is just the first of three challenges I am taking on for BTRS in 2019.”
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