The Virgin London Marathon is an institution but on so many levels. There are many races happening on the same day. There are people competing for world record times and people competing in their own personal challenges and everything in between.
We have seen and heard so many stories that prove people really are inspirational in so many ways. Our charity of the year is The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and we have followed the amazing stories from two of our Banana Chatters Liam McHugh and Natalie Crawford.
Liam’s daughter has Cystic Fibrosis and Liam has dedicated his life to raising funds for the treatment of CF.
Natalie herself has CF and wants to prove to her son, who also has CF, that he can do anything despite the condition.
Both finished on Sunday with great times and are truly amazing people who have not only inspired others but helped raise such well needed funds for a great cause.
There are just so many inspirational stories, too many to mention but these took our attention: the oldest lady being 84 who finished the marathon in just under six and a half hours. We heard about a lady suffering with mental health issues but using the discipline of training and raising money as an incentive and way of dealing with her health issues. People affected by different conditions all raising funds for so many good causes and charities. Sometimes it takes the thought of helping others or to raise money or just the thought of achieving a personal goal that drives people on. Millions of pounds will have been raised to help so many charities but more than that the satisfaction of achieving something like this will live with people for ever and make memories but more importantly really make a difference to so many people both in terms of treatment, research, help, personal goals, challenges and so much more.
During this year’s marathon the total money raised for charity since the very first London Marathon has beaten the one billion pound mark.
Banana Crumble would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Marathon but would like to say a massive well done to Liam and Natalie – you are both truly inspirational.