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Ian Williams

Once again I will pound the capital's streets for 26.2 miles in memory of some amazing friends. Only this time minus the silly hair (see above).

Raising money for multiple charities

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Donations accepted until 28-05-2019

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Three years ago I battled the London Marathon after losing two friends who sadly failed to win their own personal battles with cancer. I was proud to run with Colin and Claire on my shirt, raising around £3000 for Cancer Research, the charity nominated by Claire's family.

I wasn't convinced it was a trick I wanted to repeat (FYI running 26.2 miles in 3.5 hours is *expletive* hard work), but last year the idea started to take hold. I thought it would be good to fundraise for a charity linked to Colin. His mum, Alison, suggested Melanoma UK, an organisation with whom he did some great things before passing away, including work on sun safety. Our old BBC Radio Derby office is now named after him.

Then, in November, I got some unexpected and shocking news. One of my friends had taken his own life.

I lived with Dave Taylor in Birmingham in 2009. He was probably the most idiosyncratic friend I've ever had. But in a great way. Always fun, always up for a laugh. Your quintessential "top bloke". I knew I had to run - for Colin, Claire, Dave and for all the other men like him who struggle to conquer their own personal inner challenges.

Event details

Blackheath - Buck House: 26.2 miles

On Sunday 28 April I will spring from my blocks on the start line in Blackheath, dodging the Z-list celebs and people dressed as rhinos. Some men will be carrying washing machines. But I will have a new shirt that will bear the pictures of three friends with whom I was fortunate enough to enjoy some great times. Gone but not forgotten, keeping their memory alive.

Although the day itself is quite something (you can see why some get hooked on the world's largest single fundraising event) the training, through the dark, cold, wet days of winter, is more akin to regularly having your leg muscles punched by a battalion of armour-plated Pez dispensers. Normally whilst taking a cold shower. Outside. On a busy street. Filled with mobile phone addicted smombies determined to block you on the narrow pavement like characters from a modern day Streets of Rage. L-I-V-I-N-G.

So please, give whatever you can. All money raised will be split 50-50 between Melanoma UK, who helped Colin, and Samaritans Birmingham, who work hard to help people like Dave and his family.

Losing friends is rubbish. Let's do something good to remember them. Thanks.

Event date

28-April-2019 10:00  - 
28-April-2019 13:00

Event type

Running / Walking

38 days to event start


All the best for the day well done for doing this
Donation by Dawn
on 19-03-2019
£2.50 gift aid
Well done
Donation by Helen Barrett
on 19-03-2019
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck !
Donation by Des and Lesley teague
on 19-03-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Good effort and great cause! Hannah and Kieren
Donation by The Crosslands
on 19-03-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Ian! The spirit of the African rift valley is with you! Run like a Kenyan my friend!
Donation by Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya
on 19-03-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Good luck!
Donation by Ian ashford
on 18-03-2019
£5.00 gift aid
Top work Ian, good luck xx
Donation by Hayley Lyon
on 17-03-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 14-03-2019
£7.50 gift aid
Great work Ian! Love what you're doing. Best of luck with the marathon.
Donation by Mark Ansell
on 14-03-2019
£5.00 gift aid
No having a butter chicken curry on the way round for Bloomers x
Donation by Phil Trow
on 14-03-2019
£5.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £1,435.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £1,435.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £1,715.02

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