A total of 82 Shooting Star Chase runners raised a record amount of £180,000 and counting, after taking to the streets of the capital for the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23 April!

Our awesome marathon team included four bereaved parents, 28 runners with a family connection to the charity, 18 corporate partners and several local supporters – and over 40 volunteers cheered on #teamSSC at Canada Water, Tower Bridge and Embankment. The speediest Shooting Star Chase runner was Ted Mockett, who ran his first marathon in a truly impressive 2 hours and 53 minutes.

Supported dad, Ali Najefi, whose family featured in our Christmas campaign and are supported by Shooting Star House in Hampton, completed the marathon in 5 hours and 27 minutes. Ali explains why he took on such an epic challenge:

“The marathon was painful, but good and the atmosphere was fantastic! I did this today for my son, Adnan – who gave me a big lift when we saw him waving to us on the course. He has a genetic life-limiting condition called Mucolipidosis type 2 and Shooting Star Chase has been a great support.

“Adnan goes to day care and we stay over at the hospice for a break, and they’ve been so good to us. I ran with Adnan’s uncle and another friend, and we’re all proud to do this for Shooting Star Chase today – its nice to be able to give something back.”

As a thank you to runners, Shooting Star Chase held a post-race reception at Central Hall in Westminster, where our awesome challengers were greeted by their families, staff and volunteers with a big cheer, a celebratory drink, a massage and a hot meal. The refreshments at the reception were kindly donated by corporate supporters Fullers, Pelican Procurement and Les Caves Pyrene.

Karen Peffer, Challenge Events Fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase who coordinates the runners and the post-run reception, said about the day: “Our team of London Marathon runners are unbelievably inspirational and we couldn’t be more proud of them for taking on such a tough event, and raising a record amount for Shooting Star Chase. The fundraising total is currently at £180,000 and we estimate this will increase to around £200,000!

“Our amazing volunteers were cheering along the team throughout the event – and despite a few aches and pains, our runners were all still smiling at the Shooting Star Chase post-run reception. The record amount of money raised at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 will make a huge difference to children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, who are in unimaginable circumstances and in desperate need of our support.”

To see all the photos of #TeamSSC at the Virgin Money Giving London  Marathon 2017, visit our Facebook page!

If you’ve been inspired by our runners and fancy taking 26.2 miles to raise money for Shooting Star Chase yourself, you can enter the ballot between 1 – 5 May on the London Marathon website, or you can register your interest for a Gold Bond place on our website.