Good luck to the hundreds and thousands of people eagerly awaiting the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 ballot results!
If you are lucky enough to get a place, please join #TeamLegend to help us provide more life-changing support for young people with cancer.
Two of last year’s runners told us why they decided to run for Teenage Cancer Trust and what it meant to be a part of #TeamLegend.
Novice runner Ian Jones took on his first marathon at the age of 50 after losing his daughter Sabrina to small cell ovarian cancer. Ian saw Facebook posts for #TeamLegend during one of his dark moments and decided to apply to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust as they were so supportive during Sabrina’s time in hospital.
By becoming part of #TeamLegend, I became part of a wider running family. The live feeds and videos, and the Facebook group massively helped me during my training. I started to get to know the other people who were training, and I was drawn to the people who were novice runners like me. We talked about the distances we were reaching, and the injuries we had received, and we supported each other.
“Having to train in the savage winter weather and over Christmas was hard, but then I’d see pictures of other people who had been out running in the snow and it spurred me on to keep going. Hearing stories about what other people were going through in their cancer battles made me realise we were not alone.
“On the day, I recognised people who I had been talking to online and it was great to have a sense of camaraderie before the race. Seeing the #TeamLegend support throughout the marathon helped, as did the other runners. Some would tap you on your back, some would run side by side with you, and others would slow down, and you’d have a chat about why you were doing the run which energised me to keep going. I can’t imagine doing it on my own; I did it as part of a team and it was an inspirational experience.
“I carried on talking to people after the event and we compared experiences and injuries and not to mention blisters and loss of toenails! I’m grateful to have been a part of #TeamLegend.”
Tim Mills, from near Tenby, was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma at the age of 20 and was treated on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the University Hospital, Wales.
“Being a part of #TeamLegend was an experience in its own right; having the sense of community and togetherness, and an awareness of what an amazing job Teenage Cancer Trust do. The toughest part of the marathon was putting in the long training miles in the cold, when I was tired, but reading the stories on the Teenage Cancer Trust Facebook page and remembering what I'd been through gave me that shiver down the spine and the determination to get out and do all the hard work.
“What I remember most from the event was the #TeamLegend runners giving me encouragement as they passed by me when I was two miles from the finishing line and I struggling. Alongside the cheering teams, they gave me the drive to push onto to complete the marathon. #TeamLegend truly gave me an experience I will never forget.”