Magnificent Marathon Runners Raise £59,252 for Debbie Fund
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Congratulations to them all and a huge thank you from Debbie Fund.
Helen Porter: "The race went by as if in a dream and by mile 14 I was in a semi-catatonic state, but my abiding memory will be the wonderful crowd, including family & friends, cheering us on, and being part of such a large, good-natured and friendly event."
Amongst the thousands taking part in the 2011 London Marathon, four runners completed the 26 miles raising money for Debbie Fund. The warm and sunny spring day was perfect for spectators lining the route, but provided less than ideal conditions for the runners. Debbie Fund set up a base in Inner Temple Gardens which had a great view of the course at the 24 mile mark. A group of supporters cheered on our runners from here, while others moved around the course to encourage Debbie Fund’s runners wherever they could catch them!
Mo Chatterji: “My abiding memory is running along Tower Bridge with deafening noise, smiling faces and feeling of elation, the sun baking down and not a cloud in the sky: a buzzing atmosphere.”
Richard Fisher: “Every painful step was made easier knowing that I was raising money to help a really good cause. A personal achievement made infinitely better by sharing the day with Debbie Fund.”
Mo Chatterji, running with a painful injury, was first past the Debbie Fund base, and first to the finish. Richard Fisher ran through with a broad smile, apparently enjoying every minute. Helen Porter remarkably defied all her predictions to be in the thick of the 5 hour runners. At the 24 mile mark she was hugging supporters, chatting and waving, while somehow not stopping. And then there was Katy, Debbie’s elder daughter, the girl who had always hated sports day. There was a lump in many throats as she was seen, smiling throughout the gruelling 26 mile course, as she raised money for the charity set up in her mother’s name.
Katy Phillips: “My abiding memories will be the incredible feeling every time a stranger shouted my name, the boost that my friends gave me when they ran alongside me for a mile, and the huge sense of relief when the finishing line came into view.”
“It took me a while to realise that no distance I ever run will make the pain of losing my mum any less, but with your incredible support, the support of thousands of strangers shouting my name on Sunday, and the support of all my family and friends who rushed around London to cheer me on at various points and ran alongside me from mile 24 to 25, my friend Mo and I completed the marathon, raising over £12,000, and taking Debbie Fund a little bit closer to preventing other families from going through the pain that so many families have been through.”