On Sunday 23rd April 2023, Against Breast Cancer’s team of 18 runners took on the famous race from Blackheath Park to the Mall as the London Marathon made its long awaited return to British Spring-time. This year the event boasted over 48,600 finishers, a record for the London Marathon.
All participants had to brave the damp, cold start and whilst some of our runners finished in seriously quick times of under three hours, those out for a little longer were able to bask in some long overdue sunshine as the afternoon wore on.
We were able to spot most of our team at either our cheering point near Tower Bridge or at the finish as they searched wearily for their loved ones. Runners that wanted it were treated to massage courtesy of James Wilson-Clemens, The body & well-being therapist, who worked tirelessly to ensure coming down the stairs was at least a little more bearable come Monday morning!
A massive thank you to all our fantastic volunteers on the day, without whom we just wouldn’t be able to give the runners the reception they deserve having given so much.
We have been overwhelmed with the phenomenal fundraising efforts of our 2023 London Marathon team with just over £53,000 raised so far! Each has an incredibly inspiring reason to run for ABC and it was a privilege to be able to chat to a number of them at the finish as they reflected on their amazing achievement. Here is just a snapshot of some of those reflections:
“What an amazing experience! I’ve been buzzing ever since and still can’t believe I completed the London Marathon for such a great charity.” Leah Hunkin
“How to put such a great experience into words! I absolutely loved every minute from the cheering of the crowds to the amazing atmosphere on tower bridge and dancing to the YMCA on the mall!” Julie Tapping
“It’s amazing to be a finisher, and it was worth every inch of pain. The battle that women go through every second of everyday when diagnosed with Breast Cancer is unfathomable, so this was my fight for them. The pride that you feel is something I will treasure forever.” Honor Petit
“I had the names of the 22 friends and family who have been impacted by Breast Cancer on my arms as a reminder. Soon into my run I noticed all the names had been smudged in the rain, I didn’t need the reminder though. Their names were in my head and my heart all the way round. For me, running the marathon for Against Breast Cancer was a small way I could make a positive impact.” Hannah Field
The 2024 ballot has received a record number of entries with over half a million people after just one of just 50,000 places! Demand for places is higher than ever and we do have a small number of charity places to offer those wanting to support us in 2024.
If you are interested yourself in running the London Marathon for Against Breast Cancer next year please fill out the form on our website. We are expecting unprecedented interest, so do please ensure you tell us exactly why you want to run for us and how you plan to raise the £2500 minimum pledge.