Virgin London Marathon 2017
This year our runners did a fantastic job and we would be privileged to have you run the London Marathon for us in 2017. The 26.4 mile route takes you on a sightseeing adventure of London; you will be joined by over 35,000 runners, supported by many more and all in the name of charity.
The atmosphere is incredible, there is worldwide competition and you finish knowing you have achieved something amazing for yourself, and to help the Animal Health Trust improve the health and welfare of countless animals.
We ask our marathon runners to pledge to raise £2,000 for the Animal Health Trust and our runners really do make a huge difference to our work. Running The Virgin London Marathon could be the ultimate fundraising challenge. Not only is the London Marathon iconic, it is regarded as one of the top marathons in the world.
Unfortunately due to high demand, we do not have any more Golden Bond Places available for the 2017 marathon. However if you have a ballot place and would like to fundraise as much as you can for us, please contact Serena Rianjongdee: email@example.com to join the team!
Why the Animal Health Trust?
The Animal Health Trust exists to fight disease and injury in animals. Thanks to our pioneering work improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention, horses, dogs and cats are living healthier, happier lives – in the UK and across the world.
Further information about this challenge event can be found on the Virgin London Marathon website: http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/
Meet our marathon runners!
If you would like to sponsor our whole team of runners, instead of just an individual runner, you can do so by donating here.
Since I can remember I have had animals. We currently have three beautiful dogs, Amber, Beau and Spike, who have become such a huge part of our lives that we know life just wouldn’t be the same without them.
I have heard about the amazing work the AHT do for horses, cats and dogs in researching and developing new treatments, vaccines and in diagnosing problems, preventing them and hopefully curing them. For me, running the London Marathon is not only an exciting challenge for me (because I have never run one before!) but also my way of giving something back to the AHT.
I have thrown myself into preparations and joined a very supporting and encouraging local running club. I’ve also signed up to do a few more charity runs throughout the year to ensure I’m ready for the ultimate challenge.
I can’t wait to be part of this memorable day and I’m so proud to be doing it for the AHT. Please support me and wish me luck!
Just like when I was growing up with dogs, this is now passed onto my young family who wouldn’t be without our handsome spaniel Rocky... along with all the other numerous pets!
The AHT do wonderful work - no more so than when they cared for our friend's dog which meant the world to them - and so anything small I can do that supports the AHT and helps them continue to care for dogs, cats and horses everywhere gives me great satisfaction.
Having run one marathon before, I am aware how painful and punishing the training and raceday can be, but also how ultimately rewarding. I'm looking forward to being part of the AHT team and preparing for the challenge of the big day in April!
Also, having spectated as well as running the marathon before, I can recommend the London Marathon as a great day out so why not come along and support all the runners… I can promise that every cheer helps us get one step closer to the finish!
In April 2014 I took my beautiful 3 year old Labradoodle, named Baxter, into our local vets to have his annual booster. Little did we know our world was about to crash down around us as we were told that our pup may have signs of Lymphoma. Baxter was very quickly referred to the astounding staff at AHT to confirm that he was not only in stage 5 Lymphoma, but the cancer had also spread to his bone marrow and spleen. To add icing to the cake, if we didn't consider starting him on chemotherapy, there and then, we would be pup-less within a couple of weeks. We were told not to get our hopes up that we would have him at Christmas. Since then, we have taken time off work to travel 120 mile round trip every two weeks so that Baxter could receive the very best treatment available.
I am raising money for the AHT as they have been absolutely incredible throughout the entire process and have always been on hand to put Baxter and myself at ease. This is my first Marathon and it's safe to say I’m absolutely petrified but I have Baxter running by my side helping me with my training and I know he'll be in my thoughts when I run the Marathon helping me to cross the line in April!
The AHT do some wonderful work. It is incredible how much research they put into finding new treatments to treat animals, so running the Virgin London Marathon for the AHT is an honour especially as all the species they specialise in are close to my heart.
I have been running for a while but have only ever got up to half marathon distances, so this is going to be my biggest challenge. I will be doing a few races in the lead up to get ready for the big day so that hopefully come April I will be ready to run!
I am hoping for lots of love and support to get me through the training, so wish me luck!
I ran the London Marathon with Animal Health Trust’s amazing support in 2015 and it was a wonderful experience. So here we go again in 2017! I want to raise as much money as I can to support the AHT’s work, in particular their treatment for kidney disease and cancer research. I first began supporting the AHT after my dog, Tia, died from cancer very suddenly in 2012. I quickly learned a lot about how prolific cancer is in dogs, and indeed my other dog, Evie, was also treated for a mast cell tumour this year, but fortunately made a full recovery. I then had the misfortune of learning a lot about kidney disease in dogs when my dog Ginny diagnosed with kidney disease at just eight months old. She’s four now and doing really well! Both Evie and Ginny will certainly be helping me a lot in my training!
When I got my place to run the London Marathon 2017 for AHT I felt honoured. I've been following the charity for a number of years now and have been inspired by their amazing work. We should all support those that seek to improve veterinary practice. Being offered a place to run for them is a privilege and I won't let them down.
Having done the London marathon back in 2008 I know the challenge ahead of me - but with support from all the team at AHT I know I'll succeed. My young dog Bizzy expects a lot of exercise...so I know he'll drive me on!