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Marathon stars of 2019

An amazing 64 #teamLivability runners pounded the streets of London at one of the most iconic running routes in the world, the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019.

What you see on the day is the result of days, weeks and months of gruelling training and the personal stories that drive so many of runners to support Livability. A huge congratulations to each of our runners and the families and friends that supported them to get over the finish line this year.

Runners met near to the start point in Greenwich Park early Sunday morning. Nerves met excitement for a photo opportunity before the runners set off.

The marathon route

All of our runners completed the marathon, with Jonathon Keller miles ahead of the pack as our fastest running with a time of 2:30:07.

Our cheer point at mile 16 saw 40 supporters make a lot of noise in admiration of every member of #teamlivability who passed by. Jamie Loudoun’s family was on hand to cheer him on with his daughter making a special sign to help her Dad make those final 10 miles.

“A huge thank you to the Livability supporters who were there on the 16-mile marker. They went crazy when I ran past. That was the moment which gave me so much energy to complete the race! I don’t think I would be able to do it if it wasn’t for them!” Jolel

Our amazing #teamlivability runners

A stroke, following a race in 2016, left David Swales with a brain injury and site loss. He completed his first ever marathon this year with a guide runner and his son Ben. David decided to run for Livability following the support he received from Livability Icanho, a Brain Rehabilitation Centre in Suffolk – David continues to inspire us all with his determination and energy:

“It was a day that I will not forget. So many great memories. I couldn’t be more proud of my fellow Livability runners. I loved the cheer point as it really helped me after a difficult period of the race and it was great to go to the event afterwards”. David

The after party

Runners were congratulated at the post race party runners were given much needed massages, refuelled and reunited with their personal cheer teams, showing off those medals.

Frank got in contact from Gatwick before flying home:

“A short message before leaving the UK to thank you very much for making yesterday happen for me and all the other Livability runners! Thanks also for the support at mile 16, it was the hardest part of the race and seeing you and the others, the smiles and clapping of hands did really help. I did enjoy the whole race except for a difficulty to breathe in the last 500 meters after final acceleration … but it was a short and rapidly recovered pain.”

How you can help

It’s not too late to support this year’s marathon runners, who have together raised an outstanding £105,000 excluding Gift Aid. Donate here.

If you are inspired by #teamlivability and feel like 2020 is the year you run a marathon for the first or fifth time – the ballot is now open. You’ll find all the details here: www.livability.org.uk/marathon

Read Jamie’s 2019 Marathon story

'How and where do I start? I just run the London Marathon, which is one of the majors, it was an inspirational, emotional and a totally epic day. This day will live with me forever, certainly will not be the last!'

Jamie (pictured right)

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