Posted on Tuesday 23 April 2019
Meet CLIC Sargent’s London Marathon runners
This year CLIC Sargent has 300 incredible runners all taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise vital funds to help support children and young people with cancer.
From young cancer survivors taking on their first challenge since treatment to mums and dads inspired to run by their children, every runner has a reason they are taking on the 26.2 mile course.
We are so thankful for each and every runner’s dedication to training and efforts for fundraising. Together from one day and one marathon challenge, we hope to raise more than £800,000 for CLIC Sargent. We have 50 volunteers ready and waiting to cheer all of our runners on, so look out for us at the cheer points!
Take a look at just some of our amazing runners and read their stories.
Toby Bentley, 25, from London, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma on the day of the London Marathon in 2017. Two years on, and now cancer free, Toby is running the marathon as a team of five, alongside his two brothers Chris and George, girlfriend Emily and friend Nikola. Together they have raised more than £15,000! Read his full story.
Emma, a mum of three from Gwynedd in Wales, lost all motivation after her daughter Elisha passed away in 2016 after being diagnosed with undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma. While watching the London Marathon last year, Emma thought of her daughter who lost her ability to walk before she died and decided to sign up to run the marathon. Read her full story.
CLIC Sargent Social Worker Lucy decided to take on the London Marathon after being inspired by the endurance and determination of the children and young people she supports. Not only that, but Lucy was also supported by CLIC Sargent herself 10 years ago when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Read her full story.
Maria and Amie Hutty
Mother and daughter duo Maria and Amie signed up to run the London Marathon after Maria’s son was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The Hutty family were supported by CLIC Sargent and Maria, who has always wanted to run the marathon, decided to bite the bullet and run it before she turns 50 later this year! Read their full story.
Tim, from Mansfield, is running the London Marathon in memory of his wife Primrose. Tim met Primrose on a night out with friends and just a few months after being together, Primrose was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. Tim decided to sign up to run the marathon to give back after the couple were supported by CLIC Sargent. Read his full story.
Henry, a dad and electrician from Ely, is running in memory of his 3 year old son Douglas who passed away last year after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Henry signed up for the challenge because he wanted to improve his physical and mental well-being after losing Douglas and to raise funds for CLIC Sargent. Read his full story.
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CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.
To find out more about how we help young people cope with the impact of cancer, please visit our what we do section. If you need support yourself please contact us using our online enquiry form or call 0300 330 0803.
Notes to editors
For more information about CLIC Sargent and our London Marathon runners please contact Jessica Rees at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 311 2659.
About cancer in children and young people
Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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