After months of training in the dark and cold, the world-famous London marathon is now on the horizon for the 50,000 hardy souls who will take part in this year’s race.
Following in the footsteps of Oasis founder Rev Steve Chalke MBE who holds the record for the most money raised at the marathon, every year members of the Oasis family take on the 26.2 miles around London’s streets, fundraising thousands of pounds for worthy causes. In the build-up to this year’s event, we caught up with two of our sixteen runners to find out about their training, and about the work of the organisations they are raising donations for.
Over the last year dedicated runner Mark Morris, from Brigg, has ran thousands of miles in memory of his mum who was cared for at Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe.
The PE teacher and Head of Year 9 at Oasis Academy Immingham was spurred on to raise funds for the hospice through a series of gruelling running events after his mum, Denise Morris, passed away of cancer in May last year.
You name it; he has taken part in it, including the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon, Hell on the Humber endurance race, Great North Run and various other local and national running competitions. He’s currently training for the Virgin Money London Marathon, however after sustaining a knee injury he’s finding training tough.
“I’m raising as much money as I can for Lindsey Lodge Hospice after the wonderful care they gave my mum; so far I’ve raised £3,400 and I want to continue to raise as much as possible” said Mark. “When I’m running my mum is always on my mind and those memories keep me going, even with a tough knee injury it won’t stop me; I’ll walk if I have to!”
Katie McGuire, Principal of Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe is in training for the London Marathon where she aims to raise (£2000) to support work with young people and their families connected to the school.
Mrs McGuire, who only took up running a year ago, said that the marathon will be her biggest running challenge yet: “I have never run a marathon,” she said, “but I am sure that hard training, sheer determination, and the support of the crowd will see me over the line, although I don’t know how long it will take!”
The plucky Principal, who is following a punishing training plan, is seeking sponsors who will pledge money per mile of the marathon.
“All the money I raise will go to much needed community projects, youth clubs, work with elderly people, adult education, whatever is needed.
“It’s all about helping to ensure our community is a wonderful place to live, work and raise children.” she added.
To donate to Mark’s and Katie’s fundraising, please visit:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkMorris246 / http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KatieMcGuire