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The countdown is on to the Virgin London Marathon

It’s only 16 days to the UK’s biggest running event, the Virgin London Marathon.

The Virgin London Marathon is an important fundraising event in the Wooden Spoon calendar. Last year, our runners raised £20,000 which is enough to fund two sensory rooms for children with disabilities.

This year we hope to raise the same amount and have 17 amazing runners taking on the epic 26.2 mile course. Find out more about some of our runners.

Becky Stroud-King from Gloucester is running the London Marathon in memory of her late father.

In Becky’s words: “Sometimes fate plays cruel cards on us, in my family it was the loss of my Dad in April ’16. While we had our differences I saw him flourish becoming my daughter’s Grumpy and even though it hurts everyday I’m determined not to let my grief win!

So just over a year after we lost my Dad I will be running 26.2miles around the big smoke in his memory, exercise/sport was one of our biggest bonds! I’ll be raising money for Wooden Spoon charity, one he believed firmly in and raised money for himself!

By donating you’re not just supporting this great charity but also showing my siblings and daughter that we can make our own destiny and find a positive from this sad situation!”

You can sponsor Becky here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=SpeedysMemory&faId=720609&isTeam=false

Max Gregory from Sevenoaks and Sam Gillam who works for Wooden Spoon corporate supporter, WWT are running the course together.

Sam says: “The Virgin London Marathon is a challenge I never thought I would complete, but it seems fate decided otherwise when I managed to secure a place in the ballot… the first year applying!

Max then managed to gain a place running for Wooden Spoon – The children’s charity of rugby. Wooden Spoon positively transforms the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby. Max and I would like to raise over £2000 to help this fantastic charity and thank you in advance for all of your support!”

You can sponsor Max and Sam here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=MaxandSamMarathon

Daniel Vines, a long-term supporter of Wooden Spoon is leading the TNT team in his fifth London Marathon for Wooden Spoon.

The TNT team is made up of 11 runners and they aim to raise a further £14.5k, which could pay for an extra sensory room and three wheelchair hoists to facilitate young people with disabilities to move as independently as possible within a hospice environment.

In the words of one of the TNT team, Allan, “At 43 and a Novice runner I have been given this fantastic opportunity to run the London Marathon, which has been a dream of mine since I was a small boy watching the stories unfold on TV. I have been involved as a player and Coach at Tamworth Rugby club for a number of years enjoying so many great times seeing at first hand what a difference rugby can make to children and us adults. TNT my employer sponsor  he event and raise money for the Wooden Spoon a rugby charity which supports disabled and under privileged children  so being chosen to take part it would appear pieces are just falling into place. Please help me to make a difference to someone.”

You can sponsor the team here: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/tntmarathon