London Marathon 2021

 

08 October 2021
On Sunday 3 October, eleven amazing people took on the challenge of running 26.2 miles to raise money for Fresh Visions and help improve the lives of children, young people and adults that face extreme disadvantages.

Rachel Bradley from Optivo joined thousands of other incredible people who took to the streets of London running from Greenwich to Westminster. 

And our virtual runners Matthue Levitt (also from Optivo) and a team from RAWFIT Running Club (Kelly Burgess, Rick Burgess, Emma Smith, Kyrsty Winch, Mark Storey, Paula Ward, Tony Pain, Tom Deplanta and Loo Blackman) also completed the 26.2 miles virtually with routes around Bexhill and Hastings.

Together our runners managed to raise an incredible £2,564.31 and counting. They have exceeded their target and raised an amazing amount of money for the charity. All the money raised will help to improve the lives of the people we work with.

From us at Fresh Visions, we want to say thank you again and a huge well done to all of you, we think you are all amazing and your fundraising efforts will make a real difference.

If you are feeling inspired, we’d love to see you next year!  You can hear more from some of the runners below.

Image: Rachel with her medal

What Rachel said...

We asked Rachel, who ran the London course to share her marathon experience and she said:

"Running a marathon isn’t just about the event itself; it’s months of exhausting training. Getting up at 5am so you can run before a full day of work, parenting, cooking, cleaning, general life stuff! Making sure you eat the right food to fuel your long runs, and that you stay well hydrated.

Looking after your body and your mind to get you through it. It can be very lonely. It can also be very rewarding. My marathon day didn’t exactly go to plan.

I cannot fully explain how gruelling it was. But ultimately, not finishing was never an option. I pushed on right until the end and I’m so so proud of how much money we raised for Fresh Visions.

Thank you to everyone who supported us.
"

 

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Kelly from Team RAWFIT gave us an insight into their day, she said:

"We all started together on the seafront at 8am, everybody ran the same route.

Although we were all completely different speeds, everyone waited at the finish until the very end.

We had published our route to friends and family so we all had loads of support on route.

All our supporters were fully stocked with food and drink for the runners which really helped
.” 

 

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Matthue Levitt, who’s virtual course consisted of 4 laps along the seafront said:

"Running a marathon is one of the toughest physical and mental challenges there is.

Signing up sets a personal challenge but thinking about those in need is what really helps push for the finish line.

I look forward to recieving my medal as a mark of my dedication for my efforts.

I'm also looking forward to eating donuts again.
"