On Sunday 22 April, Team Sense runners will be taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon, all to raise money for disabled people with complex communication needs. Seven of our incredible runners share their personal motivations.
Warren is running for his son
“This will be my first marathon which terrifies me. I’m doing it in the hope I can inspire myself and my son, Lucas, who has a sensory processing disorder. He’s nonverbal, which makes it difficult for him to communicate. I want to Lucas to know that any obstacle can be overcome with the right attitude.
“I have never done anything like this, so it will be a mental and physical battle. It will be tough, but I am driven to do this for Lucas!”
Jordan is running for his sister and cousin
“I’ve been inspired to run by my 16 year old sister, who’s deaf, and my 13 year old cousin, who’s blind. Through their experiences, I’ve become aware of what life’s like living with a disability.
“It felt right to give something back by running for Sense, and to also say thank you for shaping me as a person. I’m incredibly nervous but enjoying the process of raising money to support the charity and raise awareness.”
Dale has run every marathon since it started, raising £50K for Sense
“I’m 81 years old, and have run every London Marathon since it started in 1981.
“This year will be my third year supporting Sense. Altogether I’ve raised £50,000 for the charity.
“It was supposed to be my last race in 2017, but as an ‘Ever Present’ it’s hard to let go when you’ve got the running bug.
“My training has taken a hit due to sciatica, knee and ankle problems. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to finish this year, but I’ll certainly not give up!”
Akram has run 50 marathons in two years, with his first and 50th for Sense
“I’m really excited to be celebrating my 50th marathon in London. I represented Sense for my first, so it’s fantastic to wear their vest again for the 50th.
“I really admire the personal support Sense provides to children and adults with complex communication needs.”
Rowan and Nikki are running together after Nikki suffered hearing loss
Rowan says, “I’m running for Nikki. She’s always had trouble with her hearing, and up until two years ago had partial hearing loss.”
Nikki says, “When I first found out I was selected to run the London Marathon, I was in utter shock.
“I thought I wouldn’t be able to run that far, but the support the team at Sense have provided us with is incredible.
“I’m really excited to be running for a charity that’s supporting people with complex communication needs.”
Iain has a personal connection
“I have a genetic eye condition called X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis which means I’m visually impaired.
“I used to work for Sense, providing hydrotherapy and rebound therapy services. Now work as a learning disabilities physiotherapist, and in my spare time I’m a triathlete.
“I’m looking forward to running my first marathon for Sense.”
Gabrielle is one of the youngest marathon runners, and is inspired by Sense
“I’ve seen all the wonderful work Sense has achieved, so I know the money I raise will go towards helping people with complex communications needs.
“I’m really excited to be running on my 18th birthday for Sense. I also hope to be the very youngest marathon runner on the day, which is a once in a lifetime opportunity!”
If you’re inspired to run the London Marathon and would like a place for 2020, stay tuned for news of the next ballot which will open soon.