On Sunday 22 April, 77 Shooting Star Chase runners raised £124,000 and counting after taking to the streets of the capital on the hottest Virgin Money London Marathon on record.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 encouraged along the way by cheering squads at Tower Bridge and Embankment.Despite the sweltering conditions the fastest Shooting Star Chase runner was Graham Russ, who ran the marathon in 3 hours 6 minutes.Supported Dad and team trainer, Paul Chandler, whose son Dominic is supported by Shooting Star Chase, completed the marathon in 4 hours 58 minutes dressed as none other than Captain Caveman.Paul said of this year’s race, “The atmosphere was probably the best one I have ever run, having run in nine London Marathons in aid of Shooting Star Chase. This year the weather just brought out an extra layer of people and enthusiasm and it was an absolute joy to run being supported all the way round. Also wearing my Captain Caveman costume meant at 20 miles, when I was feeling a bit tired I could spend the last six miles trotting around high-fiving all the children in the crowd.”Kay Lydall completed her first London Marathon in aid of Shooting Star Chase in 3 hours and 57 minutes. Kay is supporting the charity in memory of her friend’s baby, Vincent, who was stillborn on 22nd April 2017, a year to the day of this year’s London Marathon. Kay said “It was awesome, I ran strong because Shooting Star Chase was in my heart.”
Following the race the runners were treated to a special thank you reception at Central Hall in Westminster, where they were greeted by family, friends and Shooting Star Chase staff and volunteers with huge congratulations, a shower, massage, hot meal and of course a cold refreshing beer! The refreshments at the reception were kindly donated by corporate supporters Fullers, Les Caves de Pyrene and Pelican Procurement and a huge thank you goes to all the amazing volunteers that gave up their time to support Shooting Star Chase marathon team.
Karen Peffer, Challenge Events Fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase, said: “We couldn’t be more proud of our superb team of London Marathon runners. Their determination and dedication is inspirational and the wonderful amount of money raised is testament of all their hard work! The atmosphere in London on Marathon Day is just amazing, with this year being no exception. Our fabulous volunteers were cheering the team throughout the run – and even though there were a few sore muscles, there was nothing but smiles at the reception. The money raised at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 will make a huge difference to children with life-limiting conditions, and their families in making every moment count.”
There was even a Guiness Record Breaker in the team, as Colin Haylock (only a week after completing the Marathon des Sables with brother Keith) took on the London Marathon wearing ski boots! He smashed the record completing the race in 5 hours 52 minutes. Read about their epic challenge here!
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If you’ve been inspired by the Shooting Star Chase London Marathon team and would like to take part in next year’s event to raise money for your local children’s hospice charity, you can enter the ballot or register your interest for a Gold Bond place on our website.