We were delighted to have Andrew Broadbent run the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2012 to raise money for us.
After months of gruelling training, pounding the streets in the rain and darkness of winter, Andrew was ready to face the 26.2 miles. Adorning his personalised Clabile Trust running shirt, the start line was in sight and he was in good spirits feeling confident about the race and pleased the sun was shining.
With the atmosphere, cheering crowd and his i-pod to keep him going he ran the first 13 miles almost effortlessly... his words not ours! At 16 miles, his legs were getting heavy but, maintaining his pace and with an energy gel to get him through the next few miles, he kept going.
In the last few miles the physical strain was kicking in and at 25 miles he got cramp. With only the last mile to go and a final mental push, Andrew completed the Marathon in a phenomenal 3 hours 30 minutes and 6 seconds.
As he crossed the line his words were, “That was [bleep] agony” and what did he want to do next? “Have an ice bath, a Guinness, lots of food, followed by bed!”
We are very proud of Andrew’s achievement and grateful of the money he has raised which will support The Clabile Trust in its work.
Not only did Andrew complete the race in a truly amazing time, but he managed to create a 4 minute video of his journey at the same time! To view, go to youtube.com and type in 'broadieful marathon 2012'.
Jodie Whittaker, our patron, ran the London marathon for Mencap and matched the amount she raised with a donation of her own of £2,000 to The Clabile Trust.
This is what Jodie had to say about fundraising for two charities close to her heart ...
“Last year, my sister in-law Katie asked if I'd run the 2012 London Marathon with her to raise money for Mencap and The Downs Syndrome Association as my nephew was born with Downs Syndrome last February. I jumped at the chance not only to run for Mencap but also it gave me the opportunity to support The Clabile Trust by matching the amount raised. I am such a huge fan of all the amazing work Sophie and The Clabile Trust do. It is a pleasure and honour to be able to contribute in this way x”.
Thank you Jodie for all your support.