On the 23rd April 2017, the 23 runners who made up #TeamCHC achieved an iconic triumph, they became London Marathon finishers.
Our runners, a mixture of serious and fun runners and those who had never put a pair of running shoes on before, represented Cornwall Hospice Care in the Virgin Money London Marathon, the 37th running of this world renowned event.
Our inspirational team took on this challenge to support the work our hospices, and first and foremost to raise vital sponsorship to fund the care we provide to people with terminal illnesses across Cornwall. Collectively they raised £73,279, an astonishing sum, which has since funded the entire provision of care at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and St Julia’s Hospice for a whole week.
A runner's perspective
Martin Rickard, Landlord of the Golden Lion Hotel, Padstow, had this to say about his experience:
“I always wanted to run a marathon, it was on my bucket list, a life goal. To be one of 40,000, you become an elite club member. I was motivated to tick this off my bucket list as a family friend was in the hospice a number of years back and a handful of friends recently, it felt time to give something back.
“I enjoyed the training most of all, although the hill to Trevose Head Lighthouse Station was not a highlight. I was blown away by how generous people were, my family and our local community were so supportive, getting behind our various fundraising ideas, and I can’t thank them enough.
My race day was terrifying, but exhilarating. You can’t put into words how electric the start line atmosphere is, everyone had worked so hard to get there, the buzz was incredible. The only feeling that beat it was when I crossed the finish line, just over five hours later; I had the Cornish flag across my shoulders, and it was such an emotional and incredible experience.
If anyone ever asks me about whether they should run it or not, my response is always do it, you’ll never regret it. Do not be afraid of the training nor the fundraising the team at the hospice is second to none, they helped me to break everything down into small easy pieces and soon I smashed my target. I’m so proud to say that I was part of the #TeamCHC for London Marathon 2017.”
Martin raised a phenomenal £11,877.50, a stunning sum, thank you Martin and everyone as part of #TeamCHC.