London Marathon 2011: An inspiring day

Last Sunday 177 inspirational runners from all over the UK took part in the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for Parkinson's UK.

As our photos of the event show, each of our incredible fundraisers had their own personal reasons for tackling the 26.2 mile route through the spectacular scenery of London. But they were all united by a collective will and determination to help us find a cure and improve the life of everyone affected by Parkinson's.

Our teams of friends and family, volunteers and staff turned up in mass at our cheering points throughout the course to support and encourage our runners across the finish line. With the sun shining down, the atmosphere on the course was phenomenal and visibly spurred our runners on as legs and minds began to tire.

Among our runners were stand up comic Rob Deering, Ed Timpson MP and John Watkins - our oldest runner this year at 73 years young. We've already raised £188,000 – towards our £285,000 target - so everyone involved can be extremely proud of themselves.

Take a look at our 2011 London Marathon video, which captures Sunday's atmosphere of determination, emotion and enthusiastic support.

Enough to make you feel inspired for next year? The official ballot opens on 26 April. See our London Marathon webpage for details on how to run for us in 2012.

Or if you're not quite ready to do a marathon, we have a whole range of other events you can take part in.

1 comment:

Charlotte said...

Big congrats to all the runners!

I’m a friend and new care-provider for a neighbor with Parkinson’s, and am in the process of learning all I can. She isn't a runner... not yet, anyway. :)

I’ve discovered that the blogs I’ve found, like yours, are the best sources of real, useful information for someone like me. Thank you very much for your contributions to my education!

May I share another that I like? The author’s name is John, and he seems like a fountain of information and inspiration.

Thanks again,


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