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A heartfelt thank you to every single runner who did the London Marathon for Barnardo's

Release Date: 22 Apr 2018

More than 100 runners bravely signed up to take part in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon for Barnardo’s on April 22.

It saw them cover 26.2 miles around the city and fundraise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the thousands of vulnerable children and young people Barnardo’s supports throughout the UK every year.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

We are thrilled that so many people decided to run the London Marathon for Barnardo’s this year.

Covering 26.2 miles is no mean feat and the amount of hard work and determination which goes into preparing for this race should not be underestimated.

We are incredibly grateful to every single runner who took part and chose to fundraise for Barnardo’s. It is thanks to wonderful people like you that we can continue our vital work supporting thousands of the most vulnerable children, young people, parents and carers across the UK.

On behalf of everyone at Barnardo’s, huge congratulations to you all and a heartfelt ‘thank you’.

Runner 1

(Above) One of the Barnardo's marathon runners at the 24.5 mile mark during the race

David Westacott and daughter Matilda

(Above) David Westacott and his daughter Matilda, 9, after the race.

He said:

I had quite a lot of problems during the race; I kept getting really hit by cramp and it was just so hot.

But despite those problems I actually still really enjoyed it.

I didn’t get the time I wanted because of the heat, so I was a bit disappointed but it was still a really great day and I’m really happy and proud to support Barnardo’s.

His daughter Matilda added:

I’m really, really proud of my dad.

David Howarth

(Above) David Howarth smiles at the Barnardo's London Marathon after party at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel


(Above) Two Barnardo's wave at supporters who turned out to cheer them on at the Barnardo's cheer station at mile 24.5

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