Virgin London Marathon 2012
22nd April 2012
IF YOU WANT TO RUN FOR VISION IN THE 2012 MARATHON PLEASE CONTACT US NOW.
Why Run for Vision Charity?
- We are experienced VLM charity organisers.
- 31 runners last year – each runner matters to us, you are not just a "face in the crowd"
- We supply free training T-shirts and running vests, as well as a specially designed shirt for the "big day".
- Achieving sponsorship targets guarantees one or more free places at the fabulous Annual Vision Charity Ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on 3rd December 2011
- Directors of Vision will be personally on-course on the day.
- Vision will supply supporters packs which include t-shirts, banners, etc. so you can easily spot them in the crowd.
What our runners were raising money for
This year our runners contributed towards a range of specialist, toys, holidays and facilities which made a real difference to the lives of many children and that of their parents, teachers and carers.
To f i nd out how we can help and what you need to do contact
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Congratulations to all our 2011 Marathon Runners. They did a wonderful job.
Report of Virgin London Marathon 2011
We were thrilled to have 28 runners this year including Dwight Yorke who ran for his son Harvey. The Marathon is an extraordinary event for all concerned and it plays an important part in our fundraising activities.
We cheered them on as they passed in their distinctive Vision Charity orange T-shirts and were delighted to welcome them to our base, thankfully close to the finish line in Horse Guards Parade.
They raised a considerable amount of money totalling £50K to date, with more still coming in. Many of them were amazed by the sights especially the guy running with a full sized fridge on his back! There was real team spirit and a huge amount of support from friends and family.
Team Vision’s fastest runner Dwight Yorke completed his first marathon in an impressive three hours 31 minutes, raising £10,575 for his efforts. The sporting icon supports the Vision Charity due to its work with Dorton House School, attended by son Harvey. To date, funds donated to Dorton House School have resulted in projects including a specialist playground, gym equipment and mini bus.
Run through it till mile 11 and it went away! mile 11 to 20 was all about getting through the heat. We have all trained 10c below the highest recording of 20c at Canary Wharf......... and trust me it was draining. People collapsing etc...put onto drips etc. So I consumed about 20 bottles of water the way round and never needed to pay a visit!
After seeing my family and friends at mile 19 (which spurred me on so much) both my hamstrings cramped, and this was after seeing someones calf almost rip from his leg in front of me and cripple up in a heap! I began to get nervous.
So the last 6 miles was one of the hardest mental and physical challenges I guess i will ever go through. I was running but my leg were buckling literally.
So I managed to get round in 5hrs 18 in the end. To put it into context, my wife's uncle who does regular running events, did it in 4hrs30 and needed 2 hrs medical attention due to heat exhaustion.
I cannot tell you the emotions I felt on the day, as I think it was all of them. Would I do it again? Most definitely.
The crowds, the cheers, the support somehow gets you through...but what a day!
So I am still in bits now. Hamstrings are just moving!!! But I wanted to say to you all as major donators....a big thank you from me. I was put through the mill but really appreciate your support and cash. £1,700 was eventually raised for VISION......and your money will be used to assist Children suffering with blindness, vision impairment and dyslexia."
A heartfelt thanks on behalf of Vision and the many children whose lives will be benefit from Team Vision's efforts.
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