Our amazing supporter Ian ran the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd of April, raising a fabulous £1,620 to support vulnerable women and children in London!
Ian took on this incredible challenge to make a real difference to women at risk of homelessness:
It was a great pleasure to be able to run the London Marathon this year and to raise money for Housing for Women, a tremendous charity which my company, Imanova, supported last year. I travel a lot for my work and I have become acutely aware of a rise in homelessness in many big cities around the world and how this affects many of the most vulnerable people in society.
Although I have always jogged to keep fit, I had never before run a marathon and only gained a place in this year’s London Marathon in January so had just 3 months to train!
The London Marathon is one of the world’s most iconic races, and Ian was not disappointed:
Weather conditions on the day were perfect: light cloud and not a breath of wind. I made my way to the start point in Greenwich Park, along with 40,000 other runners.
The race itself was tremendous with thousands of supporters lining the streets, bands playing, people shouting and cheering, helping to boost the runners on. The runners themselves included the usual mix of fancy dress as well as people trying to break records by bouncing basketballs, running barefoot dressed as Jesus (with an accompanying cross on his back), or even carrying a washing machine!
It felt fantastic to run past so many great London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, but nothing felt as good as running up Pall Mall towards Buckingham Palace at the end of the race to collect a medal and get a well-earned beer!
So far I have raised over £1,500 including gift aid for Housing for Women and would like to thank everyone who sponsored and supported me!
My fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/IanHallett1 is still open and any further donations would be very much appreciated.
If you have been inspired by Ian’s story, get in touch to see how you can run for Housing for Women!