Six dedicated Autism East Midlands supporters took on the most famous and most beautiful road race yesterday as they all completed the London Marathon. Conditions were perfect all around the course as #TeamAEM tackled the most iconic marathon route in the world. Let’s find out how our amazing supporters got on:
Andy took on a Guinness World Record at the London Marathon. He attempted to beat the world record for running the marathon in full Ice Hockey gear (minus the skates)
I am no stranger to the London marathon, having done it 14 times since 2000, however this is the first time in any kind of fancy dress outfit (though I did do one London in a pink tutu and pink dance socks but obviously that wasn’t restrictive in any kind of way). So this was a completely new experience, and was very strange at the start, as there was really no way I could warm up properly. The race didn’t quite go to plan, but I got round. As usual the crowds were massive and very vocal. This is a great help when you are struggling as they shout and urge you on . I loved giving all the kids hi fives when running past, and was great to hear the shouts of come on ice hockey man.
It was a unique experience, and one that I will never forget.
Matthew took on his second consecutive London Marathon for Autism East Midlands (raising over £5,500 in the process so far) and just like in 2018 he smashed his fundraising target.
“The marathon was an awesome experience, I loved every step of the way! Last year was an horrific horrible day because it was the hottest one ever but that demon has definitely been buried!
So glad my knee held up, from my first step up until mile 5 it was really dodgy but after that it felt fine! I was pretty much flying until mile 17 where it got a bit harder, by 23 everything hurt like you wouldn’t believe but it is strange feeling marathons give you, a brilliant sort of agony is how I’d describe it!!
I’m really proud to have supported Autism concern and Autism East Midlands these last two years so a big thank you to you guys as well.”
Emma decided to challenge herself by taking on her first ever marathon.
It has been the hardest yet most rewarding thing (bar having my children) that I have ever done. The atmosphere on the day was indescribable and definitely helped keep me going. Hearing so many people cheering you on is amazing. Also knowing that I had raised so much money and had so many people supporting me near and far definitely helped in those hard times. The last 2-3 miles were the hardest, I couldn’t feel my legs and I felt like I would never cross that finish line but as soon as I had and received my medal all the pain faded away. I am so proud of how I have educated so many people and hopefully reduced some of the stigma that can go alongside autism, I also hope the money I raised and will make a difference to lots of people.
Charles thoroughly enjoyed his marathon experience, and is happy to have beaten his target of under four hours – congratulations. Charles is not only over the moon to have beaten his target and is “made up” that he has raised a significant amount of money for Autism East Midlands. Charles was helped generously by his employer One Call Insurance in Derby, who kindly donated 2,000 towards his target. With the help of his generous colleagues, family and friends, Charles has over £2500 raised so far which he is proud of.
Gordon’s London Marathon was his second marathon of the month. He completed the Greater Manchester Marathon at the start of the month and wanted to complete a double during Autism Awareness Month. A latecomer to the team after recently beginning work for Autism East Midlands Gordon wanted to use the marathons he already had booked in to raise as much awareness of autism as well as funds for Autism East Midlands as possible. We are extremely grateful for Gordon’s support and completely in awe of his achievements during the month of April.
Teresa ran the London Marathon to honour the efforts of those who have helped her and her daughter Gracie, with her diagnosis of autism. Teresa, who runs a pub in Northampton, was ‘lucky to have a very strong group of family and friends who share her passion for her special girl and will do whatever it takes to ensure she lives her best life’ they rallied round and supported her fundraising activities. Her daughter being her main inspiration, Teresa took on her first ever marathon and raised an amazing for Autism East Midlands.