JDRF’s London Marathon heroes raise an amazing estimated £200,000 – and counting

Posted on 16 April 2014

JDRF has raised a fantastic £200,000 so far thanks to its heroic runners who completed the London Marathon at the weekend.

The pounds are still flooding in from those who pounded the pavements of the capital – meaning JDRF is on target to hit its huge £430,000 London Marathon fundraising goal.news_London Marathon 2014

No fewer than 197 JDRF runners tackled the daunting 26 mile course that snaked north and south of the Thames. Their efforts supported the charity’s mission to better treat, prevent and one day cure type 1 diabetes.

Jamie Reed MP, who lives with type 1 diabetes and who was a proud member of the 197-strong JDRF team, tweeted just before he started the race to say “right, laters. Look for me with Mo.”

Whilst he didn’t quite keep up with Mr Farah, Jamie’s heroics saw him finish in a time of four hours 38 minutes, making him the sixth-fastest MP taking part in the marathon.

Plenty of blue JDRF bibs were visible in the BBC television coverage of the event. JDRF also received exposure in the Guardian thanks to Alex Collins – who ran in a tiger outfit. Other runners have highlighted JDRF and type 1 diabetes issues in their local press up and down the country, not to mention the wonderful awareness-raising on social media.

Caroline Hellicar, Director of Fundraising for JDRF, said: ‘What a special day. Thank you so much to our amazing competitors, who have proved themselves great fundraisers as well as athletes. We hope that the pride you feel in competing for such an important cause makes those sore muscles worthwhile.

‘My thanks also go out to all those who volunteered their support and cheered on our runners.’

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