Epsom runner wants others to run London Marathon
A 52-year-old electrician from Epsom, in Surrey, is urging runners to snap up the few remaining charity places available and run in the Virgin Money London Marathon, arguably the most famous event of its kind in the world.
Craig Partridge, completed his second, successive, Virgin Money London Marathon in 2017, in order to generate vital funds for Caudwell Children.
Craig originally decided to run for Caudwell Children in 2016, as a thank you for the support that it had given to his 17-year-old daughter, Georgia, who has autism.
And with Caudwell Children charity places now up for grabs Craig, a regular runner, says that there is no greater feeling than crossing the finishing line knowing that you have raised crucial funds that will support disabled children.
As Craig explained: “The sense of achievement by completing the 26.2 mile course is undeniable. However, knowing that you have raised funds that will help Caudwell Children to deliver a range of specialist equipment and a fully supported holiday to Disney World, in Florida, for 25 children is an even greater legacy, something that runners can be extremely proud of.”
There are currently 800,000 disabled children living in the UK and every week there are 100 children born with a disability.
Craig says that Caudwell Children’s support fills a void in provision for disabled children. He said: “The support that they provide cannot be accessed through statutory measures.
“I was staggered to find out that those with a physical disability don’t get everything that they need from the state. For example children up to four years of age often don’t have access to a wheelchair.
“Their work is invaluable and without them many children wouldn’t get the equipment that they need and deserve.
Craig was confident that he would succeed in his challenge last year. As he explained: “I’d done loads of half marathons and 10k’s and was running 40 miles a week, which I then stepped up to 50.
“However, my 2016 marathon was my first and although I completed it, as an event it was still new to me last year. I also predicted that I would do it in 4:15, which meant that I started at the back and that made it more difficult for me.
“I eventually came in at 3:49 and it was an incredible, emotional, experience. The support around the course was unbelievable. From start to finish it was continuous applause, which is something that I’ll never forget, so I would urge runners to register for one of Caudwell Children’s charity places.
“I can guarantee that it will be one of the greatest experiences of your life.”
Liz Hurst, from Caudwell Children, was delighted that Craig ran for the charity again and praised his determination to get others to register for the event. She said: “Craig’s lung busting, muscle sapping effort to raise money for Caudwell Children was truly inspirational last year.
“The fact that he’s done it twice tells you a lot about Craig, the man, but also tells you something about how rewarding it is to run for Caudwell Children. I would urge others not to miss this opportunity.”
You can secure a Caudwell Children Virgin Money London Marathon place with a simple £100 deposit. The fundraising target is £2,500.
To find out more and to book a place call Liz Hurst on 01782 600427 or email Liz here.