Well done Team #BrainResearch!
On Sunday 28th April 2019, a team of 150 Brain Research UK runners will converge on Greenwich, joining 40,000 other runners at the start line of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019.
These runners are taking part in something very special. This year's London Marathon will celebrate Thanks a Billion. With around three quarters of runners raising money for charity, and £955 million raised since London's inaugural Marathon in 1981, the event is set to smash through the £1,000,000,000 mark.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, said: “This is a phenomenal achievement and part of what makes the London Marathon unique. No other mass participation event comes anywhere near this kind of fundraising. We would like to thank every runner, supporter, donator, charity, volunteer, sponsor, spectator, staff member and everyone else who has contributed to this wonderful total.”
This funding is invaluable for the many charities that benefit.
Going the extra mile to support brain research
Those who raise funds for Brain Research UK usually have a very personal motivation. Often a family member or friend is living with - or has died from - a neurological condition. The knowledge that they are doing something to help spurs on our runners through the months of training, through the wind, rain and snow, the early morning and dark evening runs.
We are enjoying following the progress of team members as they gradually increase their weekly miles - battling Storms Erik, Freya and Gareth along the way!
And not only are Team #BrainResearch juggling their training with already hectic lives, but they are also busy with all manner of fundraising events. Pub quizzes, cake sales, Elvis nights, raffles, yoga, car boot sales and wine tasting are just some of the events that we’ve heard about.
Our runners benefit from being part of an amazing Team #BrainResearch community, sharing training and fundraising tips, supporting each other through the pain and the doubt, and celebrating the training milestones that they pass week by week.
The funds raised are so important to us. Our 2018 team raised a phenomenal £535,000, almost a third of our annual income. The team went so far beyond our expectations that the funds raised enabled us to fund an additional PhD studentship in 2018.
“The Brain Research UK London Marathon team funds research that helps to change lives. They make our work possible. We are incredibly grateful to every single one of them and, in turn, to all those who support their fundraising,” Caroline Blakely, Brain Research UK Chief Executive
We are in awe of our every single member of Team #BrainResearch, and so very grateful for their immense efforts. We wish them the very best of luck with their final weeks of training: stay strong, keep up the fundraising and – most importantly – GO OUT THERE AND SMASH IT ON 28TH APRIL!