The London Marathon is arguably the world’s most famous running event, an endurance challenge for anyone – professionals, amateurs or novices to running. It appears on many a bucket list – and it’s a practical, fun way to raise money for JRS!
“I live on the marathon route, and every year I see all those people running past my house for different charitable causes,” explains Danny, who ran the London Marathon to fundraise for JRS last year. “I wanted to run the marathon before I turned 40 so in 2018 I finally decided to sign up.”
The marathon route weaves through 26.2 miles of London – taking in the famous landmarks: the Cutty Stark, Tower Bridge, and Canary Wharf; before finishing on The Mall, looking out onto Buckingham Palace.
Before making the commitment to run the last year’s marathon, Danny found himself asking: “Will I be ok? Do I have the stamina to endure this? Will I get the support from friends and family to justify all the effort?”
Danny came to view running the marathon for JRS as an act of solidarity with our refugee friends, as well as a fundraising effort: “It strikes me that these are likely questions also on the minds of many refugees and those seeking safety coming to the UK. They will be asking themselves if they’ll be ok, if they can get through it and wondering where the support will come from in a strange new land.
“My doubts and my running pains pale into insignificance in comparison and I am reminded of the reason to run.”
The London Marathon is a key annual fundraising event for JRS UK. Each runner commits to raising £2,000, which goes directly to supporting refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. We’re on hand to offer support throughout the year – from when you first register interest, to fundraising ideas and training tips, to on-the-day support.
We asked Danny for a word of wisdom to those considering taking on the marathon in 2020: “Embrace the challenge early on and start training. You’ll quickly start to enjoy it!”
What £12,000 means to JRS:
Our fundraising aim for the 2020 London Marathon is £12,000. Can you help us get there?
£12,000 could provide 1,200 travel grants
£12,000 would ensure 160 hours of expert language interpretation
£12,000 could provide a years worth of hot food for refugees at the JRS UK Day Centre