On Sunday 3rd October, our team of dedicated runners completed the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon! Corin, Andy, Mike and Brenda have been training hard and fundraising throughout the summer to tackle the 26.2-mile challenge and raise funds to help people with sight loss get active.
We had a fantastic day cheering them on and we’re delighted to announce that between them, they’ve raised over £9500. As a small charity, their fundraising will make a BIG difference and help change the lives of people with sight loss through the power of sport.
Corin ran the London Marathon in honour of his late friend and blind athlete, Lizzie. "As a qualified guide, I was aware of BBS (I use a BBS tether to guide!), but I was also aware of the lack of awareness of this fab charity. I wanted to support an organisation that could help so many other “Lizzie’s” out there. It is such an honour to have run this iconic race on behalf of such a fantastic charity. The support from Lucy and the team has been amazing and made the training and fundraising fun and easy to achieve. I would urge anybody reading this to take the plunge in a heartbeat! I would love to run more events for BBS and help however I can in the future."
The London Marathon was Andy's first 26.2 challenge. He said, "I've always said that if I ran a marathon, it would have to be the London Marathon and through British Blind Sport. British Blind Sport help so many Blind and partially sighted people to achieve their dream of playing sports, so raising funds for this great charity is the best thing I could do. The day started with me being the most nervous I'd ever been. Once I was there, I was up for the challenge. I had a little cry for my Mum at the start. She passed away in May this year and I know she would have been very proud of me. Every single mile was filled with cheering, encouraging people, young and old, helping us along our way. Seeing my family along the route was amazing and helped me so much! 7 miles out, I got severe cramps in my calves and thighs, but spectators with jelly beans and jelly babies gave me the extra energy I needed to finish. Never underestimate the power of a jelly baby! If you're thinking of running for a charity please choose British Blind Sport. From start to finish, they've been so positive and encouraging."
We are immensely proud of Team BBS and value each and every team member’s commitment to British Blind Sport. If you would like to show your support for Team BBS by making a donation, please visit: https://bit.ly/VirginMoneyGivingBBS
If you’d like to join #TeamBBS in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2022, we have places that you can apply for right now! We pride ourselves on creating a fun and inclusive environment for all runners. Follow the link to register your interest: https://britishblindsport.wufoo.com/forms/x1grhiuw1ivhg95/