Siblings join forces to run the London Marathon and smash their fundraising target

A group of four siblings have smashed their fundraising goal having already raised nearly £11,000 for the Youth Sport Trust in the run up to the Virgin Money London Marathon this weekend.

A group of four siblings have smashed their fundraising goal having already raised nearly £11,000 for the Youth Sport Trust in the run up to the Virgin Money London Marathon this weekend. 

Emma-Jane Wood (40), Danielle Coleman (36), Natalie Gibbs (35) and Rob Coleman (34) decided to take on the marathon after Danielle wanted to tick it off her ’40 things to do before I’m 40’ bucket list. 

Danielle said: “We all wanted to run the marathon for a charity that meant something to each of us and the Youth Sport Trust made complete sense.”

She explained that Emma-Jane, Natalie and Rob all have sporty children and see the huge benefit that physical activity brings, while Danielle works in recruitment and can see the advantages that sport and physical activity in schools can bring to individuals looking for work. 

She said: “It’s so important for kids to have something outside academia, and the attraction for all of us running for the Youth Sport Trust is because we hope it will help highlight the importance of sport for youngsters.”

Living in a huge triangle apart from each other - Emma-Jane and Natalie in Cornwall, Danielle near Birmingham, and Rob in Folkestone, Kent – has meant that they have been unable to train together, but they have joined forces on the fundraising and have already raised more than £700 above their £10,000 target. 

The quartet has decided to split up to take on their race at their individual paces, but Danielle said: “We are really looking forward to the day, being in London with all the kids and our mum and dad to cheer us on throughout the route.”

Youth Sport Trust chief executive, Ali Oliver, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all those who have chosen to run for the Youth Sport Trust and wish them lots of luck for the day. Every penny they raise will help the charity continue its vital work in building a brighter future for young people through sport and physical activity.”

Others running for the Youth Sport Trust are: National Association of Headteachers President Tony Draper (54), Rachel Costello (40) of Bolton and Andrew Dickens (28) of London.  To find out more or to donate to our runners, please click here

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