On Sunday 3 October, 63 Shooting Star Children’s Hospices runners raised £187,000 and counting, for their local children’s hospice charity, after taking to the streets for the much anticipated 40th Virgin Money London Marathon.

After the huge build-up, with postponements and uncertainty, the triumphant Team Shooting Star eagerly arrived in the capital ready to take on the iconic route through the capital.

The team, which included members of families who are supported by the charity, long-term supporters, community and corporate partners, first-timers and serial marathoners, were buoyed and encouraged along the way by excitable cheering squads at the halfway mark of Tower Bridge and on the final straits at Embankment. The fastest Shooting Star Children’s Hospices runner was Tim Bartholomew, who ran the 26.2 miles in 2 hours 59 minutes.

The huge amount of money raised will go on to help the charity provide care and support for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families across Surrey and London.

Arthur Simmons was buzzing to complete the marathon – quite literally as he donned an inflatable Buzz Lightyear costume to complete the marathon in 4 hours and 47 minutes. He ran in memory of his son Ted, who was supported by the charity.

It was clear the atmosphere was enjoyed by all, and having the cheer points complete with excitable supporters, pom poms, whistles and bells helped boost our super team to reach the finish line.

“Passing the supporters at 25 was a great moment for me, thank you.” Barney Taylor

“The supporters at the side made such a difference, thank you.” Ben Curry

“I feel very privileged to have worn the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices top today, running with such a fabulous team and for a great cause is the only thing that kept me putting one foot in front of the other!” Nathalie Higgs

“I cried when I saw the cheer teams, but it was such a good boost!” Harriet Griffiths

“The cheer points were incredible (especially the second one as I was having to dig pretty deep at that point to just put one foot in front of the other). What an honour to run for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices!” Paula Steeples

“I was in a bit of a hole at mile 20/21, seeing the team got me back in the game. Thanks to everyone for your amazing support on the course!!” Dan Hills

“I am so proud to have run in your colours. Listening to your stories and the strength you have is amazing.”
Dean Aubrey

“Thank you all for being part of an amazing day, for an incredible cause who work tirelessly in difficult situations. It was a real honour to be part of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices 2021 London Marathon team.” Julie Dawson

Alexa Dizon, Head of Challenge Events completed a trio of tough challenges this year in aid of us, which culminated in the marathon, completing it in 5 hours 6 minutes said, “A huge thank you goes to everyone for their amazing support on Sunday. It’s always such an incredibly long and tiring day – having been on both sides of the fence now, I’m honestly not sure which is more exhausting! I’m so proud of, and to be part of, the Shooting Star marathon team on what has been a tricky journey to actually taking part on Sunday – so to raise such a phenomenal amount of money is inspirational and will go on to make every moment count for the families we support.”

Alongside the team taking on the mass event in London were a number of Team Shooting Star taking the Virtual London Marathon. With 24 hours to complete their 26.2 miles, Victoria, Laura, Tracy, Julia and Marco took on their own routes running with friends and family for support along the way.

Inspired by our Team Shooting Star marathon marvels? The ballot for 2022 is now open but you only have until 9pm this Friday (8th October) to enter! Or you can register your interest for a charity place. We hope we can be cheering you on next year as part of the best team ever!