Sunday 28th April saw RAG’s chosen runners, Hal Akshay and Stuart, join over 40,000 other people racing through the capital to take part in the 39th annual London Marathon. All three ran an incredible race - Akshay in 3hrs 14mins, Stuart in 5hrs 20min and Hal in 4hrs and 48mins. So far, between them, they have raised £6,324.32 for Rethink Mental Illness. There’s still time to donate – just visit the London Marathon RAG Page. You can find out what they had to say about their experience in their own words below:
‘’A surreal and hugely rewarding day that I will never forget for the rest of my days – all those months of fundraising and hard training all proved so worth it!’’
“A massive challenge that has made me more aware of my mental resilience.”
A huge congratulations to all three of our fantastic 2019 London Marathon runners. Have you been inspired by Hal, Akshay and Stuart and fancy taking on the marathon yourself next year? QMSU RAG have three places in the London Marathon each year. Make sure you keep an eye out on the RAG website in the autumn to see how you to apply to run the 2020 London Marathon for RAG!
Our runners weren’t the only Queen Mary presence at the marathon. QMSU gathered a group of 30 volunteers to take over Mile 19 at Canary Wharf.
We woke up at the crack of dawn to volunteer as race marshals at one of the toughest points on the entire route. We met at 7.15am outside Canary Wharf tube station and headed over to State Street Bank where the London Marathon team briefed us on what to expect throughout the day.
We spread out across Mile 19 in time for the first race to start at 10am. Just over an hour later, the first of the elite wheelchair athletes whizzed by at impressive speed. The elite women followed shortly after, then the elite men (including Mo Farah which left us a little bit star struck) and finally the tens of thousands of mass runners. Despite the threat of rain and challenging conditions at times, our volunteers stayed positive and enthusiastic. They cheered the runners on throughout the day and kept them going through what was a tough patch for many of them.
Witnessing so many people complete such an enormous physical challenge in aid of countless good causes was inspirational. Even though we were on our feet for ten hours, everybody kept smiling and cheering people on. The feedback from volunteers has been really positive, with many saying they can’t wait to do it all again next year.
A huge thank you to the QMSU London Marathon Volunteer Team of 2019!