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Greatest ever London Marathon!

Tuesday 25 April

After a record number of runners crossed the Start Line of the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23 April, more than 39,400 completed the gruelling 26.2 mile journey from Blackheath to Westminster, making the 37th edition of the race the biggest in its history by 347 runners.

Of the runners who crossed the Finish Line in The Mall on Sunday evening, one established two new world records, one broke a course record, one took a record-breaking seventh London win and 39 broke Guinness World Records making the 2017 event the greatest ever London Marathon.

Princess Alice Hospice had 16 runners in the race this year (11 Gold Bond and 5 own place runners) – all of whom successfully completed the race including John Farrow, 77, who finished in six and a half hours and engaged couple, Elizabeth Maddison and Michael Herd, who crossed the line together in approx. six hours. Michael’s father, Ed, died in 2015 and was looked after by the Hospice.  Many of our runners went on, with their families and friends, to attend the Hospice’s post-race reception at the Carlton Club for food, drinks and well-earned massages.

Senior Partnerships Fundraiser, Time Iredale, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to our amazing runners and to our fantastic supporters and volunteers who went to the cheer stations on the Embankment and in the City of London to shout encouragement.”

Partnerships Fundraiser, Claire Woodward, said: “We’d also like to thank the team of volunteers who helped out at the post-race reception at the Carlton Club. You are all brilliant…we couldn’t have done it without you. Everyone at the post-race reception held a ‘guard of honour’ for John Farrow, 77. It was extremely moving and incredibly emotional. All of our runners have achieved so very much.”

The money raised from the Marathon will help us to continue to provide vital care and support to our patients, families and carers.