London Marathon 2018 - meet the runners

Meet some of the amazing runners supporting the Youth Sport Trust at the 2018 London Marathon on 22 April!

Meet some of the fantastic team who are supporting the Youth Sport Trust at the 2018 London Marathon on 22 April. If you missed out this year, you can register your interest to run for us in the 2019 London Marathon by contacting fundraising@youthsporttrust.org

Rachael Turner

Why are you running the London Marathon?

Running the London Marathon was always the one thing on my bucket list. I’ve always loved long distance running and after university I got back in to running, slowly building up from the weekly park run, to entering 10k races and my first half marathon last year.

Why did you choose to fundraise for the Youth Sport Trust?

I wanted to choose a charity that was personal to me so that when I’m continuously pounding those pavements in the run up to the marathon and on the big day, I know it was for something that I really care about.

When volunteering at my local Parkrun and seeing people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds crossing the finishing line, I suddenly realised that I wanted to raise money to encourage young people to get in to sport. I would not be the same happy and confident person with a group of amazing friends if it wasn’t for sport. That’s why I’m making myself responsible for ensuring that other young people have the same opportunities I did.

A fun fact about you:

My inner ambition is to own my own local farm!

Click here to sponsor Rachael, and you can follow her progress on Facebook.

Nicola Mablethorpe

nicola maplethorpeWhy are you running the London Marathon?

I started running about four years ago, on the spot, at home, to try and lose the extra pounds having children had put on me. It was a very slow process, which saw me move onto my garden and then finally onto the streets. I have gradually upped my mileage and my confidence and feel that this year, I am mentally and physically ready to give it my all. I might be slow, but I will get round for all of those mums out there and hopefully inspire my children to want to set a target to work towards and achieve.

It also helps that one of my best friend is also running this year’s London Marathon for another charity so we can keep each other motivated during the next few weeks.

Why did you choose to fundraise for the Youth Sport Trust?

I was very lucky to hear about the Youth Sport Trust via a good friend of mine Jade Windley, she knew my desire to complete the London Marathon and helped me to secure a place.

A fun fact about you:

This is my first ever marathon!

Click here to sponsor Nicola, and you can follow her progress on Facebook.

Lucie Fenton

Why are you running the London Marathon?

I hate running, I've always hated running. I'm perfectly happy to dance or do yoga for hours but the thought of running for that long is horrifying. I've always understood why people run but never thought it would apply to me. Until now...

In January I started training for the London Marathon on 22 April - this year!! It's a massive challenge but I figured that as I'm 39 now - it's not going to get any easier and it's 10 years since my last big challenge where I skydived Everest.

Why did you choose to fundraise for the Youth Sport Trust?

I'm raising money for the Youth Sport Trust which is the amazing national children's charity that I work for. With children and young people experiencing declining emotional health and wellbeing, increasing obesity levels and high youth unemployment, the mission of the Youth Sport Trust has never been more important.

A fun fact about you:

I’m a Reiki Master so am hoping to be able to heal myself quickly after the event!!

Click here to sponsor Lucie.

Jess Sevellec

Jess SevellecWhy are you running the London Marathon?

I've always wanted to run a marathon, since I started running with my dad at about 8 years old. And of all the marathons, London is up there. After my boyfriend got a ballot place I decided this would be the year I did it.

Why did you choose to fundraise for the Youth Sport Trust?

My biggest passion is sport and for others to have the opportunity for more of it and of a better quality in their life is brilliant. I'll happily raise money for a charity that works to get more children and young people involved in something that can bring so much to your life.

A fun fact about you:

I can eat 12 plate-sized pancakes in one sitting!

Click here to sponsor Jess, and you can follow her progress on Facebook.