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Well done to our fantastic London Marathon 2023 team

Thank you to our London Marathon team for giving it their all on Sunday and raising over £11,000 in aid of The Countryside Alliance Foundation (TCAF), providing vital funds in support of Fishing for Schools and Castaway.

Congratulations to Lottie Clinch at the Countryside Alliance, who ran her first marathon on Sunday. Lottie tells us:

“The marathon was a story of high, lows and camaraderie! When the going got tough the only option was to dig deep and get it done. I’m so happy to say I completed the London Marathon for TCAF but even more pleased that I’ll never have to do it again!”

Four of our runners were taking on the marathon distance for the first time, including Richard Bailey, gamekeeper and coordinator for the Peak District Moorland Group. Richard reflected on his experience of the marathon, saying:

“For those people that have run marathons before, they say that real grit and endurance is needed after mile 20 to get to mile 26. With this being my first go at this distance, I concur with this however, the last 600 meters on the Mall felt like it would never end. Now it’s over, I can say I loved taking part and thank everyone that sponsored me and the TCAF team. I might have caught the marathon bug!”

Rural life and field sports photographer, Penny Fillingham tells us:

“What an amazing day, the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing and the support from the spectators was phenomenal. Real life affirming stuff. So thankful to everyone who sponsored me and sent me messages of encouragement throughout the day and a big well done to the rest of the TCAF runners, you're all fantastic. My first and last road race, back to the muddy fells and trails for me."

Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, Jake Swindells, also ran the London Marathon in aid of TCAF. Jake gave us his reaction, saying:

“You don’t really know what it means when people say how hard it is, you only know when you hit mile 13 and have to do it all again. Knowing that so many people will benefit via TCAF was the best motivation. I loved it, but I’ll leave the rest of the marathons for others to do from now on.”

Olly Hughes, Managing Director at the British Hound Sports Association is a keen runner and loved taking on the challenge on Sunday.

“It really was an amazing experience! From lining up on the start line in the pouring rain, high fiving as many hands as I could in the firm belief it helped, eating more jelly babies than was strictly necessary and generally getting stuck in to the loudest, biggest, most incredible and most exhausting party imaginable. The fact that we were also raising money for The Countryside Alliance Foundation was the icing on the cake and the thought of that was the best motivator when the going got really tough.”

We are incredibly grateful to all those who have donated to our TCAF team. For those of you who have yet to donate, there is still time! Every additional pound raised will make a huge difference to our work. Please visit our marathon hub to donate.

Are you interested in taking on London Marathon in aid of TCAF in April 2024?

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