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MEET OUR 2019 LONDON MARATHONERS

Updated: Apr 18, 2022

These brave City Runners are only a day away from taking on 26.2 miles through one of the greatest cities in the world (which also happens to be our hometown!). Many are running for great causes, and you can read all about our runners and their journeys below.

CAROLINE


Caroline was lucky enough to secure a place through the ballot, and is running her second marathon for Mind.


Why did you decide to run for Mind even though you had a ballot place?


I decided to raise money for Mind as I really think it’s important to raise awareness of mental health – running for me has been a way to relieve stress and without it I would be lost! I wanted to show how much running can go hand in hand with better mental health.


What was the most difficult part of your training?


I think the hardest part was finding the time, especially fitting training between work and work travel. I had to find a way to train in 30 degree heat in Singapore for two weeks but hopefully I am all the stronger for it, although it didn’t feel like that at the time!


Anything else you would like to share?


When I run on Sunday, I will be thinking of an old friend who got me into running many years ago but is sadly no longer with us. I couldn’t even run five minutes but he gradually got me up to 5k and then 10k. Sadly, he never got to see me run a marathon but I am sure he’ll be watching on Sunday and I’ll be thinking of him to keep me going to the end. This year also is my first in London City Runners and I’ve had the best welcome to the club and am so pleased I joined. Tim and Kerry always make you feel like part of the family and I can’t wait to spend the summer doing lots of runs with the club now my monster marathon training is out of the way!

You can help Caroline support Mind here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarolineMcCormick1


DANIELA

Running the London Marathon was always my dream, but for a 45 year old woman who had never run before, it seemed an impossible task. Then in October 2017 I was offered a charity place by a small charity very close to my heart and I had 7 months to train from no distance to a marathon distance. I am very proud to say that I DID it; I ran last year’s marathon in 4 hours 45 mins and my life totally changed. I fell in love with running. Since then I set myself many more running challenges at home and abroad; I also recently ran two International marathons (in Lanzarote and Limassol).


I was surprised when I found out that I secured a ballot place for this year’s marathon but I’m over the moon as the London Marathon is so special to me. I joined the London City Runners in January this year as I really want to work on my speed and beat last year’s time.

DEANNA


Deanna is running the London Marathon (her second marathon this month, after Manchester!) in order to raise money for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).


Why did you decide to fundraise for the CLPE?


I’m a primary school teacher, so the CLPE is very close to my heart. They support me and my colleagues in delivering high-quality Literacy learning to our pupils every day. As a result of their research and the resources they create, my children are thriving academically and most importantly, becoming readers who read for pleasure.


What are you most looking forward to after the race?


Drinking and eating something that isn’t warm water or an energy gel.


Any advice for people looking to run their first marathon?


Do it! It will be one of the best thing you’ve ever done. Trust your training, enjoy the race and if you’re a bit worried about being ‘slow’- don’t be. A 6 hour marathon is still the same 26.2 miles!


If you would like to help Deanna support the CLPE, you can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/deannaldnmcr.


DOMINIC


Dominic is running his second marathon for Oxfam. You can help him support Oxfam here:https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dominic-bunjevac1?fbclid=IwAR2wtljK9KPFjdeOoXD-V6LNTWse4PP3LSEYzWlVsvPWjFKq72GVGM75wKE


Why did you want to run the London Marathon this year?


Running my first London Marathon in 2017 was the reason I wanted to run it again. It is an amazing and very unique experience.


Have you given anything up during your training?


I have given up smoking and drinking, and have changed my diet entirely – in the last month. To be fair this wasn’t for the marathon; my blood pressure was critically high so it was mandated by my doctor. In fact, I was only cleared to run the marathon a week ago.












DONALD

Donald is running his second marathon for the Mayor of Southwark’s chosen charities.


Why did you decide to run the London Marathon this year?


I initially missed out on the ballot, but there were a few places available through the Mayor of Southwark, so I put my name in the hat and managed to get a place. I’ve been really bad with my training, so I’m expecting a hard day on Sunday – but it will be fun nonetheless! I feel that after the Athens marathon, this should be a fun one to run.


Have you given anything up during your training?

I haven’t given up anything…but I probably should have given up beer!


Do you have any advice for someone looking to run their first marathon?


Try and stick to a good training plan! Speak to anyone at the club apart from me to find one…


IVI

Ivi is running her first marathon in support of Action Aid.


What made you decide to take the plunge and sign up for your first marathon?


It felt like a now or never moment. I ran my 10th half just before the charity sign up period in October, so it felt like a good time to step up. And FOMO! Lots of friends have signed up for spring marathons and I didn’t want to miss out on the fun.

Why did you want to fundraise for Action Aid?


I spent months last year reporting on the barriers girls in the world’s poorest countries face going to school and was keen to run for a charity that focuses on girls’ education. Action Aid was a natural fit, especially after I found out Lizzie was also running for them.


What were the most memorable parts of your training?


Running with friends. I would have never been able to get this far on my own. And also the 5:45 a.m. run on a work trip to the Swiss mountains. It was -18 degrees Celsius and tiny icicles formed on my eyelashes.


Are you looking forward to anything after the race?


A glorious pint of beer.


To help Ivi support Action Aid, you can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/run-ivi-run.


JANET

This will be Janet’s 16th marathon. After the race, she’s most looking forward to see her husband Peter at the finish and heading off for a big pub lunch.


Why did you decide to run the London Marathon this year?


It’s my home city marathon and always a favourite, wherever else I run. I love the whole thing – the expo, the other runners who are so friendly and encouraging, and the crowd all along the route. The whole thing has such a buzz to it – the atmosphere is fantastic.


Have you given anything up during your training?


Not really, I have actually gained training for the marathon. I have used time to train and get fitter that I might otherwise have spent sitting in front of the TV.

What advice do you have for someone wanting to run their first marathon?


Find a training programme that’s suitable for beginners and allow yourself enough time to follow it and build up your running gradually. Listen to your body too; if it’s telling you to rest or you’re feeling unwell, it could be better to miss a run than push through. On marathon day, just enjoy it. Whatever time you finish in will be a PB.


Anything else to share?


I’d like to wish the very best of luck to everyone running in the London Marathon.


JANINE

Janine is running her second marathon for Task Brasil. You can donate to Janine here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=Janine_Makaronidis&pageUrl=1.


Why did you decide to run for Task Brasil?


I travelled to South America before going to university and saw how hard life is for children living on the streets. Therefore, when I saw the advert for Task Brasil’s charity places I knew I should do this.


What was the hardest part of your training? And the most memorable moment?


Getting injured five weeks into training. I got a foot injury on one of my training runs, which meant I had to miss several training sessions and drop my expectations about time. The most memorable moment was finishing my longest run, a 24 mile training race at Dorney Lake on a high.


Any advice for someone looking to run their first marathon?


Just go for it and enjoy the journey taking you to race day.


JENNY

After running her first marathon in Dublin last October, Jenny caught the running bug and is running her second marathon for the RFU Injured Players Foundation.


What was the hardest part of your training?


I think the hardest part of the training for me is fitting the long runs into my week! Even though I actually love being out for hours and exploring new places on my long runs, they definitely require planning. When you’re busy at the weekend and the only option is to wake up at 5am before work just to cram in 20 odd miles… it’s a few hours where all life choices are questioned.


What are you most looking forward to after the race?