Congratulations to everyone who ran the marathon over the weekend – what an achievement. The excitement from both runners and the crowd alike was palpable and the atmosphere electric. Months of running training and cardio had built up to this day – not to mention the overcoming of countless blisters, long wintery training runs, the compiling of motivational playlists and carb-loading done by the group. For most of the runners this was their first marathon, though one team member had run the Manchester marathon only two weeks prior and for another, this was in fact his 14th marathon! Either way, Born Free is tremendously grateful to be the group’s chosen charity.
In total the team are hoping to raise an epic £20,000, and funds are still coming in. This will go directly towards conservation efforts for species in their native habitats, educating the public about the importance of wildlife conservation and policy issues and, campaigning to keep animals free from captivity.
One of our runners, Carly Botterill, said: “I am pleased that I was able to partake in such a well-recognised and amazing event and in doing so met my target of £2,500 for Born Free. The last few months have been intense with all the training, though was 100% worth it to be able to complete it and, more importantly, not let those down that had sponsored me. I look forward to helping you with such a great cause again in the future!”
With storm Hannah keeping a low profile, no injuries and being cheered on by friends, family and Born Free staff, everyone made it successfully round the 26.2 mile course. It was fantastic to see our finishers at the finish line and to be able to congratulate those who came along to the Born Free tent, where they were greeted by staff and snacks!
Thank you to all 20 runners, we are so proud of your running and fundraising achievements.
Robin Reeve (right)
Will Thompson (left) and Tim Brear (right)