Kent women urges runners to snap up charity places
A 23-year-old woman from West Malling, in Kent, is urging runners to snap up a limited number of Caudwell Children charity places for the 2018 London Marathon.
Lauren Warner, a former pupil at Tonbridge Grammar School, successfully completed the race in 2017 after registering for one of our highly prized places.
Lauren, a trainee solicitor currently studying at law school, says that she prepared for the event by running an average of 15 miles a week.
Although she was anxious ahead of the event she says she had plenty of support from the charity’s Events team which helped her to maximise her fundraising efforts. As she explained: “It was my first marathon so I didn’t know what to expect.
“I know anything can happen when you run that distance and I was worried about getting injured and I also wanted to raise as much as I could for the charity.
“But their fundraising team sent me a comprehensive fundraising pack and suggested loads of ideas on how I could raise money.”
Lauren organised competitions at her university and she utilised social media platforms, like Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, to maximize her fundraising efforts.
Lauren, who also enjoys horse riding and skiing, says running for charity was a fantastic experience. She said: “I don’t know anyone with a disability but Caudwell Children does so much to make disabled children’s lives better, and I really appreciate what the charity does for so many different families.
“It was a difficult challenge but by finishing the race, and helping disabled children along the way, it’s helped me, mentally, to be in a good place.”
Lauren says the support from the huge crowds along the course helped her get to the finishing line. As she explained: “The spectators were really encouraging and I could hear loads of people shouting my name, it was overwhelming.
“It was an extremely emotional experience and at the end of the race I cried with happiness. I struggled to take it in and it didn’t feel real; I didn’t feel as though I had just run a marathon.”
Lauren says that she’s extremely competitive with herself. “I wanted to finish the marathon within a certain time,” she explained. “I got the time that I was after so I was very pleased with myself.”
With Caudwell Children’s help, and despite having never run a marathon before, Lauren raised over £6,000 for the charity helping it to continue providing specialist equipment, sports equipment, therapies, activity days and fully supported holidays to disabled children across the UK.
“Caudwell Children visibly change the lives of the children that they help and this made me want to run for them,” Lauren concluded. “I would advise potential runners to research the charity in detail. Once you see what they do you will have a real connection with them and this will motivate you to raise money for them.”
You can find out more, and register online to run in arguably the greatest marathon in the world here.