Runners raise £23k to tackle children's wellbeing decline

Nine runners have powered through one of the most popular marathon courses in the world to help raise money and improve the lives of young people through sport.

A total of £23,589.30 has been raised for national children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust (YST) following the London Marathon last weekend – with more donations still coming in.

Stuart Hill, who is set to raise almost £5,000 for the Loughborough-based charity, said:

I had the privilege of running the London Marathon in loving memory of a dear friend Dale Johnson, who we sadly lost in November. His family chose to support the Youth Sport Trust as a fitting resemblance of Dale’s own love for sport and the opportunities that being involved with so many sporting groups from a young age can provide. 

The marathon experience is hard to put in to words; it’s possibly the most challenging thing I’ve ever done but hands down the most rewarding. The support from the spectators really is something to behold and the encouragement from YST team really spurred me on along the way. I’m so happy for the amount raised as I know it will go on to help YST in a multitude of ways while serving as recognition as to the level of affection that so many people had for Dale.

The Youth Sport Trust is a charity on a mission to pioneer new ways of using sport to improve children’s wellbeing and give them a brighter future. With 23 years of expertise and partnerships with schools, it believes that every child has the right to be physically active through high quality PE and school sport.

Since 2013, the Youth Sport Trust has helped more than 4.7 million children to participate in sport and physical activity. Lucie Fenton, marketing officer for the Youth Sport Trust, also ran the marathon for the charity having never run a marathon course before.

She said:

In January I signed up to the London Marathon having, as an adult, never run a single mile in one go. The thing that surprised me most about the training was that I actually enjoyed running and that it’s not boring at all! 

Doing the marathon was an extraordinary experience, one I will never forget. The atmosphere was out of this world. The whole experience has been truly humbling but has also made me very proud of myself at the same time. I would definitely recommend signing up to anyone who wants to push themselves and get that sense of self-achievement from doing something really tough.

There is a huge body of evidence showing sport has the power to improve young people’s health, wellbeing and potential in life.

Vicky Gutteridge, Fundraising Manager at the Youth Sport Trust, said:

It is an amazing feat to complete the London Marathon in good conditions, let alone in the hot temperatures our runners faced on the day.  We are so grateful to all our runners who ran for us and so proud that every runner completed the course.

Every penny that is raised will help us to give more opportunities for young people to enjoy and lead sporting activities – which in turn will support them to be inspired and empowered to lead change among their peers. We are now on the lookout for 2019 runners, so would encourage anyone interested in get in touch.

To find out information about the charity’s 2019 marathon places, please visit  www.youthsporttrust.org/london-marathon

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