#TeamIncredible takes on the London Landmarks Half 2019

This Sunday, a 30-strong group of #TeamIncredible runners are taking on the London Landmarks Half to raise vital funds and be there for more people when it really matters. Here, just a few of them share why they’re donning their trainers and hitting the streets of the capital.

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Charlotte

I’m running the Landmarks Half in memory of my Granny, Diana Foley. Granny was an amazing lady who was a mother of two, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of nine. Granny was a primary teacher who loved art – she painted, embroidered, knitted and made the best celery soup I have ever tasted. 

Granny was 96 when she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. Certainly a good life span; however, as a cricket fan she would have liked to have reached her century!

Charlotte at Run Blanford
Charlotte is running in memory of her Granny, who died of a brain tumour.
Charlotte in her high-vis running gear

Granny spent about six weeks in the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, before she died, and she (and the family) received outstanding care during this time.

I have spent nine months thinking about this half marathon, three months training for it, two months raising my sponsorship and I cannot believe that the day is almost here. 

I’m very grateful to all of the people who have sponsored me and I hope that I can do their faith in me justice."

I am looking forward to running this event; I am not bothered particularly by my time, I just want to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the day.

I’m very grateful to all of the people who have sponsored me and I hope that I can do their faith in me justice.

Briony

All who know me know I don't run and I keep Uber in business! But I'm not one to shy away from a challenge, and so I decided to go from couch to half marathon and run the London Landmarks Half to raise funds and awareness for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

Briony in her uniform at Wheatfields
Briony at the Leeds Abbey Dash in preparation for Landmarks
Briony on the podium

Working at Wheatfields Hospice, I have seen first-hand the amazing work that Sue Ryder does for patients and their families. I've worked here for a year on the inpatient unit, including a six-month secondment to day therapy. Prior to this, my Nan was also cared for by Wheatfields.

Working at Wheatfields Hospice I have seen first-hand the amazing work that Sue Ryder does for patients and their families."

Nursing in palliative care is very challenging but also very rewarding. I enjoy coming to work here, giving amazing care without constraints. Patients ask, and we are able to provide, from going into the garden to caring for families and providing bespoke support.

I wanted to give something back whilst having fun by training for and running the London Landmarks Half.

Emily

On 24th March 2019, my sister will celebrate her 21st birthday. Grace has lived for the past nine years with a diagnosis of epilepsy.

On the same day, thousands of runners will take to the streets of London to participate in the London Landmarks Half Marathon. I’ll be joining them, running 21km to celebrate 21 years of Grace’s life.

Emily shows off her Sue Ryder vest
"I handed the choice of which charity to support over to my sister Grace, who has epilepsy, and she discovered Sue Ryder and the incredible work that they do, particularly for people with neurological conditions."

I handed the choice of which charity to support over to Grace, and she discovered Sue Ryder and the incredible work that they do, particularly for people with neurological conditions.

We were both pretty blown away by the support of our family and friends, who have helped us more than double our original goal – for which we’re immensely grateful. 

#TeamIncredible

Every single one of our Landmarks runners has achieved something truly incredible and ensured that someone facing the most frightening time of their life doesn’t have to face it alone.

So far, as a team, they've raised over £10,000 to fund expert palliative, neurological and bereavement support both in our care centres and out in the community. That’s why they're #TeamIncredible.

Best of luck to Charlotte, Emily, Briony and the rest of our Landmarks team!

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