London Marathon 2019YST London Marathon 2019
Taking place on Sunday 28 April 2019, this year's #TribeYST contingent will be following in the footsteps of the world's elite athletes and sharing the course with 40,000 other runners as they take on the famous Virgin Money London Marathon, all to raise money for the Youth Sport Trust. Read on to find out who to look out for this year.
The self-proclaimed 'King of the Dad Jokes', David will be showing his serious side in April when he takes on his first ever marathon. David took up running seven years ago and hopes running the London event will be the culmination of all his efforts. He predicts this will be a once in a lifetime experience and a feat that he's unlikely to attempt again - with his previous longest competitive run clocking in at just 16 miles. David says he's thrilled to be running this year's marathon for the Youth Sport Trust as he really believes in helping develop young people's lives through sport - even if his eldest daughter finds his bad jokes really embarrassing.
She once hiked to the base camp of Mount Everest for her honeymoon but now Claire is seeking a new challenge and, after watching from the sofa for many years, she feels ready to take on the London Marathon. Claire took up running three years ago after finding she couldn't even run for the bus and has since developed into an admirable athlete, with three half-marathons already under her belt in the last 12 months, including the Disney Magic Run Weekend. She says that running has given her a sense of confidence and self-esteem like never before and hopes that by running for the Youth Sport Trust this year that she can help give more people that feeling regardless of how they might look or their level of experience.
After completing a half marathon for the first time last September, Ewan has now set himself a new challenge in the shape of the London Marathon, all to raise funds for our sister charity - Youth Sport Trust International. Ewan is passionate about helping utilise sport in some of the poorest areas in the world, making it the vehicle to tackle poverty and inequality, as well as bring about effective and sustainable change. He says that it's this thought that drives him on and encourages him to reach that finish line.
For William, sport has always been an important part of his life, having played for his beloved Netherton United Football Club since the age of five. Now he tackles the London Marathon keen to make his mark.
Experienced runner Keith will be fulfilling a personal ambition when he takes on the London Marathon this year. Despite already having a 111km ultra-marathon under his belt, it's the iconic London event that he says he's been most looking forward to, particularly with the added incentive of raising sponsorship for the YST. A dad to two young girls, aged two and four, this self-confessed Disney fan is determined to do his bit to help ensure a future where his children have the opportunity to experience the fun and friendship sport can bring, as well as to help all children get the opportunity to enjoy and participate in sport that they deserve. A healthcare professional by trade, he's also well aware of the many health benefits exercise can bring, and having seen first hand the increasing number of young people suffering with significant cardiovascular complications he's determined to lead by example and live a healthy lifestyle.
A familiar face for many who have worked with or been involved in YST programmes, Rachael is one of our Athlete Mentor team, and is passionate about the difference the charity makes to the lives of young people as she has seen first-hand why it can make such a difference. Rachael is a World Thai-Boxing champion. Having only started Thai-Boxing in 2000, her hard work and determination paid off when, in 2006, she topped the Women’s Thai-boxing world rankings in 2 weight categories (50kg and 52kg). She has also taken 2 British titles – both by knockout – and a European title. Following a knee injury, Rachael made the switch from Thai-boxing to Boxing, taking silver at the National Championships in her first season.
Animal lover Claire's inspirational rise from PE-hater to marathon runner will come to its conclusion in April when she takes on the event in London. Diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 11, she was often forced to watch from the side during school sport lessons, not that she minded too much. It was only during her recovery from surgery, which saw two metal rods placed either side of her spine, that she began to discover the power of sport. She began to take on more challenges, including climbing Mount Vesuvius, keen both to improve herself and to surprise those that might doubt her. Now a seasoned half-marathon runner with a uniquely determined attitude and drive to push herself further, Claire hopes working with the Youth Sport Trust will help inspire other young people who have faced physical and mental challenges during their youth, whilst also completing her own personal sporting journey.
A Youth Sport Trust employee with 15 years of experience, Jen hopes to give herself a late birthday present this year by completing the London Marathon, just two weeks after her 40th birthday. After watching a number of colleagues take on the event in the past she is delighted to finally get the opportunity to take part this year - revealing she's been in training for more than a year with two half-marathons already ticked off during 2018. Jen is passionate about the Youth Sport Trust, its mission, and the great work she sees first hand every day as demonstrated by a decade and a half spent at the charity's Loughborough base but, she admits, the main reason she's running is so that she can eat more cake.
Hannah has a long-standing connection with YST and is currently part of our Leadership Programme - acting as a Team Leader at events such as Girls Active Coaches Camp and the School Games National Finals. She is running to support us in making sport accessible and available to everyone as she feels strongly that everyone should have the same opportunity to take part.