28 / March / 2019

Couple in top 1% of fundraisers in half marathon

Couple in top 1% of fundraisers in half marathon image

A couple from Sevenoaks challenged themselves to the London Landmarks Half Marathon on Sunday, 24 March, for Hospice in the Weald.

Sue, who is a volunteer on the reception desk at the Hospice, and Paul Lansdale took on the 13.1 mile race which passes Big Ben, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye in beautiful sunshine, and finished ahead of their target time, in 2 hours and 29 minutes.

Finishing the race was a huge accomplishment for the duo, but especially so for Paul, who had major surgery in November 2017. “I couldn't even walk 200 yards without having a rest.” A year later, Sue suggested they run a half marathon together. “Deep down I thought, you must be mad. I have never run in my life and especially not a half marathon!” said Paul. But “to be honest, I haven't looked back and I owe a massive thank you to Sue for getting me up and active.”

So far, the pair have raised an amazing £4,415 on their online giving page, helping patients, families and carers celebrate life and enjoy the precious time they have together. More donations are expected, adding to their total, after Paul, the Chairman of Sevenoaks Town Football Club made the first team match of the season a fundraiser for Hospice in the Weald.

The couple have made it into the top 25 fundraisers from the event, out of over 13,000 participants. “It has been a privilege to be part of their journey,” said Chiara Creates, the Hospice’s Relationship Fundraising Coordinator. “Sue and Paul have put so much into the race, and have been generously supported by friends and family. Their donations will ensure our patients, families and carers will always receive care completely free of charge. Seeing them on the day was wonderful and we are so grateful for their support!”

18 other runners supported Hospice in the Weald by running the event, and so far the team have raised over £18,000.  We’re incredibly proud and thankful to them all for their amazing efforts.

To register your interest for the 2020 event, visit our page here.