AMEND has 1 charity Silver Bond place every five years. The next place is in 2024.
For 2020, AMEND has been allocated 1 charity ballot place!
If you wish to apply for the 2020 place, please contact Helen Blakebrough and include the following information by midday on Friday 30 August, 2019:
- The reason you wish to run and fundraise for AMEND (your inspiration)
- A realistic estimate of how much you may be able to raise (minimum target £1000)
Our 2019 superstar was AMEND MEN1 member, David Hawley! He wrote the following about his experience:
“Just over a week on and I’ve had a chance to rest up and absorb what actually happened on the 28th April!
The actual run went better than I expected where I only had a dip at 17 miles and then the classic “hit the wall” moment at 21 miles.
I had quite a few calf pains and injuries during my training and at mile 3 I felt it twinge again. I thought to myself “all this training and I’m going to have to pull out before I even get to the Cutty Sark”!
I gingerly kept going though and after 10 more minutes it eased off and I was able to focus on running properly again.
The experience itself was absolutely electric. From the crowded streets of supporters in the usual high profile places such as Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and the Mall. To the brilliantly original support on the quieter parts of the route. I saw people playing music out of their houses for us in Blackheath, numerous pubs en route playing music and having an MC cheering people on and families having picnics in their front gardens whilst cheering us on. So many people used it as a chance to do something with their children and they supported us whilst the kids handed out jelly babies and other sweets.
The best way to describe it is that all the negative, nay sayers who moan about the hand life has dealt them decided to stay in on that Sunday and all the positive, happy, determined people of London came out to show their support. It was an incredible experience I won’t ever forget.
My overall time of 4 hours 35 minutes and 43 seconds was ok in my book. I was looking to maintain a 10 minute mile pace throughout the course which would’ve put me finishing at approximately 4h22m. However I knew I would hit the wall at some point and didn’t know how this would affect me. It did… a lot!!
I had to push through the last 3 miles just thinking about the end because my legs were starting to cramp up. Luckily I was able to finish on my feet without too much pain.
In terms of sponsorship and raising money for AMEND – the current amount raised stands at £3,303.10 without gift aid (£3,929.83 with) with money still coming in so I’m hoping to break the £3,500 mark by the end of May.
I would like to say a huge huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me and supported me throughout this whole event. I’ve had sponsorship from friends, family, work colleagues and even people I don’t know, however we share a kinship through our membership of AMEND. People like me who suffer from the condition and/or know people who have. What a truly amazing community you and the team have created. I am very thankful my consultant put me in touch with you all those years ago!
In conclusion, it was one of the best experiences of my life and to be able to raise money for such a worthy cause made it so much more special. Right, where’s the next one…! :-)”
We were lucky to get a Charity Ballot place for 2015. Our runner that year, David ‘le Ginge’ Short, successfully completed the marathon in 5 hours and 51 minutes, raising over £1,000 for AMEND in the process. David said, ‘I would just like to say a huge thank you to AMEND for giving me the opportunity to complete the London Marathon for your charity….It was a really tough day but the crowd was amazing…I can honestly say, no feeling compares to finishing those 26.2 miles!’ Congratulations and thank you David!
Our 2014 London Marathon runner Matt Jones (shown here with his wife Laura) raised over £2,200 for AMEND in 2014
“A huge thank you to one and all for the support and donations; it means a great deal to me, but more importantly, to the charity.” [Matt Jones]