“Thorpe Hall is an awe-inspiring place, giving excellent support to people when they need it most. I’m running to raise funds for them.”

This year, Joy Atkin finally got up the courage to enter the Virgin Money London Marathon ballot. She will be joining Sue Ryder’s blue-vested crew of #TeamIncredible runners in just over two weeks’ time – and she’s doing it for her local Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Thorpe Hall Hospice supporter Joy Atkin running

I’m a keen runner but had not yet had the courage to enter a marathon. The only one I said I’d enter was London because every time I watch it, it brings me to tears; I was shocked when I got a ballot place!

I’ve already raised funds for my local Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice by doing Kilimanjaro NY2016 and the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 2018, so running for Sue Ryder was an easy choice.

I am also doing the Great North Run and the National Three Peaks challenge in September, all to raise funds for this wonderful place. You could say it’s a year full of fundraising challenges for me!

My family think I’m bonkers doing all of these challenges, but are also inspired by it too. My daughter is climbing her first mountain this month.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience

This will be the first time I’ve ever taken on a marathon distance so I’m expecting London to be really tough, but an awesome atmosphere. I will definitely cry at the finish!

And when the going gets tough I will just imagine the finish line and how proud I’ll feel that I’ve achieved something amazing.

Thanks to family and #TeamIncredible

On race day I will have my mum, son, daughter and auntie, as well as support from my running club, along the route.

I would like to thank them all for their support; my coach and my running club, Bushfield Joggers, for help with my training; friends who have given bike support on those long runs; and my team at work at Bauer Media who have helped with fundraising bake sales. It all makes such a difference.

The Thorpe Hall fundraising team have also been great, supporting me at races and giving me fundraising ideas. I have also found the dedicated #TeamIncredible Facebook page for Sue Ryder runners really inspiring.

“The care given by Thorpe Hall is invaluable”

Some good friends have had relatives in Thorpe Hall and they’re over the moon that I’ve chosen this charity.

The care given by Thorpe Hall is invaluable, so I hope to raise £1,100 from my London Marathon run to help the hospice continue to provide excellent care and support.

Support Joy or join Team Incredible next year

You can donate to Joy’s London Marathon cause via her JustGiving page.

If Joy’s story has left you feeling inspired to take on London Marathon 2020, why not register your interest to be part of Team Incredible now?


Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall supporter Joy Atkin

London Marathon runner

Joy Atkin

Joy is running the London Marathon 2019 in support of her local Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.