BrightHouse Does the London Marathon - The Result

Posted 05/05/2014 by BrightHouse Team

Over the last few months we've been following the stories of two BrightHouse colleagues as they prepared to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for the NSPCC.

The Virgin Money London Marathon took place on 13th April on a very sunny Sunday, and thousands of people gathered along the 26 mile route to support their friends and family, whilst millions of people watched the action on television at home.

London Marathon

The BrightHouse runners, Katie Esmond and Alex Buchanan, were both marathon novices when they started training, but they threw themselves into training and took part in smaller events to prepare for the big day in London.

Katie took part in the Silverstone Half Marathon in March, giving her a chance to test her stamina and technique. A half marathon is just over 13 miles, so most of us would still find it a serious challenge! Katie said it was hard work, but she was happy with her finishing time. She had already taken part in some organised practice events in London prior to Silverstone so had some idea of what to expect, but it was a good way to find out how she might fare in the marathon itself.

Alex also took part in various runs to prepare for London, one being the Liverpool Half Marathon. He completed the course in an excellent 1 hour 50 minutes despite having to battle through some wet and windy weather. Alex found the half marathon a valuable learning curve, taking note to establish more of a steady pace and not run quite so fast!

Having fully prepared, the day of the Virgin Money London Marathon saw both Katie and Alex achieve excellent times, cheered on with enthusiastic support from the NSPCC and their friends and family along the route. Katie completed the course in 5 hours 24 minutes, and Alex finished in 4 hours 35 minutes.

Aside from working hard to prepare themselves for the race, both Katie and Alex have been putting their efforts into some spectacular fundraising. Katie has enjoyed the support of her family and friends in raising money by selling NSPCC wristbands and promoting the cause among as many people as possible. Thanks to her huge effort, Katie has beaten her  £2,000 fundraising target! Alex has also been working hard to raise money for the NSPCC, receiving some fantastic support from BrightHouse stores and colleagues in reaching his goal!

BrightHouse has also pledged to match the amount they both raise, which will double their donation to the NSPCC.

Katie and Alex really enjoyed the marathon and the amazing atmosphere in the capital. Katie said she didn't find it as hard as she had expected, and that the training was more of a challenge due to how much time it took up! Alex hit a bit of a wall at mile 18, but he soared on to the finish, running his fastest at the end of the race thanks to the support of his family who were cheering from the sidelines. He enjoyed it so much that he wants to sign up to the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, and is already training for other half marathons in preparation!

A big well done to Katie and Alex for their amazing achievements.

The NSPCC is one of BrightHouse’s official charity partners, and is the only charity focused on ending child cruelty across the UK. . The NSPCC provides a range of services  to help and support vulnerable children and families across the UK and Channel Islands. Other vital NSPCC services include ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people, and the NSPCC helpline which provides 24-hour support and advice for adults who are worried about a child’s safety or welfare.

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