May 18, 2016
The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet, and Action for M.E. have been proud to support all 13 of our runners that took part this year.
Together our 2016 team have raised an incredible £26, 630 in support of our work, and there may still be more to come.
Running 26.2 miles is a gruelling challenge, and an amazing achievement. For many the motivation was personal, taking part on behalf of people with M.E. for whom a walk to the shops or just getting out of bed can be as challenging as a long distance run.
Others, like Rosanna Chatterton-Sparks, had experienced M.E. themselves first hand. Writing on her Just Giving page Rosanna says “At my worst I couldn't walk, stand up for more than a minute, remember simple words to put a sentence together, and I was in excruciating pain, all over my body.”
Rosanna has been lucky enough to recover enough that she could take on London for us this year.
“I feel the pictures definitely tell my story - smiles, pained face, determination, and the most relieved face crossing the finish line! I feel proud to say I have run the marathon and raised funds for such a worthwhile charity.”
Action for M.E. would like to sincerely thank Rosanna and fellow runners Katy Fallon, Leigh Hovey, Phillipa Rogers-Nash, Rhianne Cooper, Fraser Claughton, Rebecca May, George James, Andy Leamon, Chris Adams, Andrea Bellanti, Daniel Hutton and Stephen Wood for helping to raise such an incredible total in support of our work.
If you or someone you know is a keen runner then you can apply to be a part of our 2017 London Marathon team by emailing our fundraising team, or calling on 0117 937 6626.
We also have places in the Great North Run, which takes place on September 11 this year. The deadline for applications is July 4. More information about this and other events is available on our fundraising pages.