Posted: 21 April 2017

London Marathon: stories from the finish line

The London Marathon is the largest, annual, one day fundraising event in the world.

Every year, thousands and thousands of people enter the ballot hoping to take part in this iconic marathon. Whether runners are successful in the ballot or secure a charity place, the efforts made are truly amazing from training and fundraising to running on the day and crossing the finish line.

Stories from the finish line

We asked some of our London Marathon medal holders about their experiences and why they chose to support us by running in this iconic event.

Helen Herniman

‘The support and encouragement from The Children’s Society was brilliant – I’m thinking of being more involved locally.

'The journey for the last 9 months has been huge – I know my dad would be so proud of me running the Marathon for such an important cause which was so close to his heart.’


Hannah Schejbal

‘It felt great to be a part of a team of fantastic runners, all united in this experience and our passion to create a better society for children and young people’


George Lake

‘I’ve been involved with the charity since I was born and my parents have for nearly 30 years!

'The team have been great, so attentive and interested. The training was so useful and the evening reception was a wonderful event.’


Richard Crellin

‘Just amazing. It was emotional and overwhelming but also made me euphoric at points.

'I cannot believe I did it and I am so grateful for all the support The Children’s Society gave me to make sure I got to the start line.’


Samantha Arnell

‘The Children’s Society have spent time and effort making the entire experience, from start to finish, a magical one, so thank you’


Apply for a charity place on our team

Inspired by the stories of some of our runners? Would you like to take on this fantastic challenge and take on the iconic London Marathon?

We're looking for people of all abilities and experiences to run as part of our team! You can help us to help children in this country who aren’t safe, loved or able to cope.

By running on our team, you will receive lots of support with your training and fundraising from our friendly team, as well as a fantastic experience on the day.

apply for a charity place today


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