On Sunday 3 October, 39 supporters took on the Virgin Money London Marathon in London, or virtually, to raise vital funds for the Brain & Spine Foundation.
The #TeamBrainandSpine runners joined more than 80,000 people taking part in the UK's largest marathon, raising an estimated £40,000 for the charity.
The money raised will help fund the services that the Brain & Spine Foundation provide to people affected by neurological conditions. This includes the free, professional Helpline run by neuroscience-trained nurses who provide a safe space for emotional and practical support; online peer support programmes to tackle feelings of isolation and improve mental wellbeing, and accessible health information for people affected, and their family members.
As well as London runners, a team of virtual runners took on their 26.2 mile route in their local area to raise funds for the charity. Joe Borges, a Brain & Spine Foundation Ambassador who lives in Los Angeles, took to the Californian hiking trails to complete his marathon along with his dog.
Grace Patient, Community & Events Fundraising Officer at the Brain & Spine Foundation, said: “Completing the Virgin Money London Marathon is such a fantastic achievement, whether taking part in London or virtually. The atmosphere in London yesterday was incredible and being able to cheer on each London runner at the side-lines once again really helped motivate the team. For many of our runners, it was a day they won’t forget. Thank you to all everyone for taking part - the money you raised will help us make a real difference to people affected by neurological conditions from all around the UK."
If you’re inspired by our London Marathon runners and would like to take on one of our challenge events in 2022, then you can join #TeamBrainandSpine here.