April 15, 2015
Huge congratulations to our amazing London Marathon runners: Katie Wakefield, Andrew Harrison and Laura Lewis, after they successfully completing the 26 miles challenge.
All completed the marathon under an impressive five hours. In return, essential funds were raised for the British Lung Foundation, Felix Fund and the British Heart Foundation.
Commenting on her performance, Katie said,
“This challenge was my Christmas present. At first I was a bit scared, but after training very hard I decided this would be a great experience. I chose The British Lung Foundation to support my auntie.”
“Just before the run, I was really excited; plus running with some of my friends motivated me even more. I cried from relief when I crossed the line, but I was just really happy that I’d done it, although I'm not sure if I’ll do it again!”
Katie Wakefield in the centre
Andrew, senior consultant in our life sciences practice explained his reason for running:
“I decided to take up the challenge of running the London Marathon this year and ran in aid of the Felix Fund. This is a charity very close to my heart as they offer support and rehabilitation for bomb disposal experts and their families. The charity has supported close friends of mine and I wanted to provide them with much needed funding.”
“The crowd were out in force and covered the whole distance. It was a great atmosphere along the route and I resisted the temptation to stop and join some of the roadside BBQs and beers that were going on.”
“I'd like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship's, it really helped me on the day and I know those people supported by the Felix Fund will really benefit!”
Running for the British Heart Foundation Laura, a consultant in our business transformation practice explained her motivation:
“My dad was diagnosed with a heart condition around three years ago. Two weeks ago he underwent life saving open heart surgery. My family has been very lucky – conditions like his are largely left undetected with fatal consequences. If my run contributes to helping just one other family, then I’ll be very happy.”
“The marathon was surprisingly more of a mental than physical challenge for me and it is amazing how the crowd helps you go through your run. But, honestly it was one of the best and proudest days of my life and I will definitely run a few more.”
Katie, Andrew and Laura have certainly inspired us all and we’re sure more Hydrogen runners will be joining them at the start line next year. Well done guys!