HeartRunners vs. the London Marathon

12 April 2014        

Jim Wilding, marathon runner

This weekend nearly 500 of our HeartRunners will be lacing up their running shoes and taking on the challenge of a lifetime at the Virgin Money London Marathon, all to raise vital funds for our life-saving work.

Amongst those pounding 26.2 miles of London’s streets will be:

  • Actor and writer Adam Brown, who is currently starring as dwarf Ori in the Hobbit film trilogy. Adam is taking part in memory of his father, Ray, who died very suddenly from a heart attack last November, aged 58. Adam says taking part in the marathon “...is a very personal thing for me. We’re still getting over the shock of my dad’s death. I needed to set a challenge for myself – to get me out of the house and take my mind off things.” Go to www.justgiving.com/BrownAds to donate.
  • 23-year old Marie Titley who is running in memory of her baby daughter, Autumn. Autumn passed away almost a year to the day of the marathon. Marie is committed to raising as much money as she possibly can to fund essential research into heart disease that will lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment for children with heart defects. Go to www.justgiving.com/marie-titley to donate. 
  • 72 year old Jim Wilding (picture above). Jim is running in memory of his good friend David Williams who died suddenly of a heart attack aged 42, leaving a wife and three children. In 1994, Jim ran his first and only marathon with David and has never attempted a marathon since. David died the following year in 1995. Twenty years on from their run, Jim decided that the time was right to run the marathon again to commemorate his friend. Go to www.justgiving.com/Jimmy-Wilding to donate.
  • Our very own Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie who lost his father to a heart attack, aged just 57 years old. Simon was in his first year of university at the time. The premature death of his father and so many others makes him determined to play his part in the fight against heart disease. Go to www.justgiving.com/simonmgillespie to donate.

Good luck to each and every person running this weekend. For whatever reason you are running, remember you are doing an amazing thing helping to power our fight against heart disease. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.

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