Going the extra 26 miles for Emmaus
Members of Team Emmaus excelled once more last weekend as seven of our newest members completed the London Marathon.
The team of runners (Tom, Mark, Scott, Angus, Jo, Alec, and Vikram) have done brilliantly, raising more than £11,500 so far for Emmaus. If you’d like to help boost this total, you can donate to their fundraising pages by clicking on their individual names above.
This year our runners all had different reasons to run. Dr Tom Cossham - our quickest runner this year, who finished with a time of 03:35:18 – was inspired to support us in memory of his mother Hilary. Hilary spent eight years volunteering at Emmaus Sheffield prior to her death last year from a brain tumour.
“On my way back to Sheffield sporting my finisher’s medal, I was struck by how kind people were in congratulating me on the tube and streets. My abiding memory of the whole experience was one of feeling the love; I think my mum would’ve been proud” Tom described.
For Alec Brown, his immediate thought upon crossing the finishing line was one joy and relief: “I’m glad my calf hung in there and I was able to finish. From about mile 17 it wasn’t allowing me to run much more than 200 metres without a problem, but I held on.” The marathon rounded off a campaign of fundraising events by Alec for Emmaus which totalled more than 60 miles and began with a 10km race in 2016.
Among our runners was Scott Townsley who had experienced homelessness himself at a young age: “At 16 I was helped by a charity similar to Emmaus. Without their help at a critical time for me, things could’ve been very different.” Scott, affectionately known as ‘Twinkle Toes’, just missed out on beating his 2004 Marathon time by two minutes. However the disappointment was short-lived, replaced by “immense pride and emotion through the magnitude of the achievement and the experience of the day. The support around the course and the number of charities being supported was phenomenal.”
“I want to congratulate every one of our runners on behalf of us here at Emmaus UK. Each year we have a team of supporters that push themselves to raise huge sums of money for a charity they care passionately about. They really are an inspiration, and should be incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved.” Simon Grainge, Chief Executive of Emmaus UK.
Inspired by Team Emmaus? If you’re interested in taking part in the London Marathon for Emmaus in 2018, please contact our Fundraising Team.