A London Marathon like no other

This year the London Marathon celebrated its 40th year with 45,000 runners – just not on the traditional iconic London route.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions runners took on the race across the country, in the pouring rain without the usual 750,000 spectators lining the capital’s streets, cheering them on.

Representing Wooden Spoon were seven runners of all backgrounds including Wales top try scorer, Shane Williams who ran it on the streets on Amman to runners from our corporate supporter FedEx and Rugbytots, to Simon Stevens who ran the race in London in memory of the police officer, Matt Ratana who was recently shot and killed at work.

Wales top try scorer and Wooden Spoon Ambassador, Shane Williams

Dan Vines and Darren Boonham from our Corporate partner, FedEx

Simon Stevens ran in memory of Police Sergeant, Matt Ratana.

Talking to the BBC ahead of the run, Shane Williams said: “For the last five years I have run the London Marathon for various charities.  This year I was going to do it for Wooden Spoon and The Velindre Cancer Centre. Running locally and getting the medals is great but also more importantly, I am still raising money for the charities. That’s why I am doing it.”

Shane’s fellow runners also completed the challenge doing their 26.2 miles across the country from Sidcup in Kent to Glastonbury to Warwickshire. And the rain was relentless for them all.

After the race, Wooden Spoon runner Vicky Green said “That was tough, but so worth it.”. Whilst team-mate, Nev Moule said: “It might not be one of the quickest but I’ll take it and a PB with a massive 22 minutes off.”

Wooden Spoon runner, Victoria Green raised an incredible £2,600 – and counting!

Virtual London Marathon runner, Neville Moule

Collectively, Wooden Spoon runners are working to fundraise a combined £20,000 which will help support children with disabilities and facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland.

Wooden Spoon CEO said: “Well done to all our London Marathon runners.  It is very disappointing that they have not been able to run the iconic race that they have trained so hard for. However, their spirit and support has been fantastic throughout the year.  What a fantastic achievement to all of them.”

Want to take on a challenge for Wooden Spoon? We have a range of virtual challenges that you can get involved in this October.