On Sunday 26th April our instructor Kris took his place as one of only twelve standard wheelchair entries in the London Marathon raising money for the MS Society. His aim was to complete this 26.2 mile event in 5 1/2 hours though he had stated anything under 6 would be pleasing. Kris managed to complete the London Marathon in 4 hours 55 minutes and performed the run side by side with one of the other 11 wheelchair entries, crossing the finish line hand in hand.
Since December Kris has been training to be ready for this event whilst also coaching 3 of our clients who will be taking part in this year’s Hereford Half Marathon on Sunday 10th May. Many people knew that Kris had never done a marathon before but what was not widely known was that he has also never done a half marathon, 10k or 5k before – London was to be his first ever event. His aim was to inspire other wheelchair users to show that you can do anything you want if you have faith in your own abilities and that whilst a disability may make things more difficult to achieve it doesn’t have to stop you.
Not only did Kris receive his London Marathon medal, he was also awarded the 2015 Blue Peter Sports Badge for his efforts in trying to change people’s ideas and inspiring others with a disability. The total raised for the MS Society by Kris now stands at £2,824.00 and was raised through three pre-event fundraisers and donations.
We would like to thank all involved for their donations of money, to those kind people that gave their time to help with the fundraisers, to all those that cheered Kris on last Sunday and for the lovely comments and posts through the many different media we have used to promote this event. Thanks also to the organisations listed below who made the fundraisers work with prizes, venues and promotion of the events and a huge thanks to Sport-Mobility for subsidising the wheelchair used for the London Marathon.
Our sincerest thanks to the following for their support in this event and fundraising:-
Morrisons, Ross-on-Wye – for hosting a London Marathon Fundraiser event for Kris and donating £30 in Morrisons Vouchers to the fundraiser prize draw
The Kilcot Inn, Newent – for donating a £50 in vouchers to the London Marathon Fundraiser prize draw
Deane Saunders-Stowe – for donating a signed copy of his new novel to the London Marathon Fundraiser prize draw (worth£16.99)
Reds Hair Company – for donating a Crystal Clear Starter Facial to the London Marathon Fundraiser prize draw (worth £30)
Sport-Mobility – for part subsiding a custom wheelchair for use in the London Marathon
Ross Labels – for donating a lunch for two for the London Marathon Fundraiser prize draw (worth £30)
The Balloon Shop Hereford – for supporting us by filling our fundraiser balloons
Tesco Gloucester – for hosting our London Marathon Fundraiser for Kris