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London Marathon 2015

Daryl Fox completes Marathon for Helen Arkell

We were delighted to support our runners for the London Marathon 2015. So proud of their achievement and incredible amount raised!!

Rohini Keites

Rohini: "Thanks again for giving me this opportunity. I ran the London Marathon in 3hr 44min which I am pleased about."

My stepdaughters Imogen and Lauren have dyslexia and were assessed at the centre so I would like to do my bit to help. The money I raise will go towards a bursary fund to help provide assessments and support for those who otherwise would not have had access to these services.

Daryl Fox

Daryl said last night: Job done!!!

"Very excited, made it round in just over 5.15, which was 15 minutes ahead of my best expected time.

At home with a glass of prosecco; feeling a bit stiff but otherwise just fine! Very proud of myself and also of my amazing friends and colleagues who have been so generous with moral as well as donative support."

Everyone

I am delighted to say that I completed the London Marathon on Sunday! So many people have been so very generous both with moral and sponsorship support, and (particularly for those of you who won't have seen the highlights on my Facebook) I thought you might like to know how the day had gone...

It was great to travel up to London with my lovely friend Lesley; we shared our nerves as we sat on a train packed with marathoners who all looked a lot younger than us, and as we took the scenic route to Greenwich along the Thames. Messages of support (whether phone, text, email, Facebook and JustGiving) from friends and family really helped in the build up. This, from one of my neighbours on the morning of the race, got me quite emotional: All the talk today is about Paula Radcliffe doing her final marathon but really it's all about the fun runners and those who have day jobs and put in the training in their spare time. Good luck to all those fun running up and down the country who are inspired to make a difference, get fit and collect money for charity. Hope you enjoy the experience and your family, friends and London are all proud of you.

The first half of the run was great: a good pace (for me!), feeling strong and comfortable, and enjoying the crowds and the atmosphere. Around mile 7, I was even thinking maybe one day it'd be great to do it again... Seb and Helena were at mile 12 and that was a real lift, and Lesley's family popped up everywhere with vocal support. Running over Tower Bridge at nearly half way was great, and I was full of admiration for those runners managing to take selfies with the bridge in the background without really breaking their stride.

Miles 14 to 20 or so were very long indeed. It was starting to get painful, and I was getting tired and slower. The crowds were still out in force, though, and round the back of Milwall as I went past a barefoot Jesus with a cross strapped to his back, a pub contingent had set up an encouraging chant of 'Je-sus, Je-sus'! In a real low at about mile 17 I was overtaken by a strawberry, and shortly after that by a cardboard Big Ben. It really was a case of mind over matter and just plodding on.

It was somewhere on the Isle of Dogs that I realised that not only were water, Lucozade Sport and energy gels being handed out around the course, but some people had the job of standing there in rubber gloves offering scoops of Vaseline on their fingertips to passing runners! I was able to pass on that one. I made a bit of ground on a lobster, and one of the many rhinos. Couldn't shake off the guy with a wire bird construction.

By mile 20 or 21, I could finally let myself believe that the end was in sight, and certainly by 22 - coming through the city with peals of bells - it was possible to start counting down. The crowds in those last few miles were amazing; having complete strangers yell your name in support was surreal. The final few hundred metres down The Mall to the finish was something I won't forget; Seb and Helena were there to see me finish and I was pretty choked up. I expected to finish in 5.30 if things had gone well, maybe a bit longer if I'd struggled in the final stages, and so I was thrilled with 5.15:21.

Medal, hugs, photos, flowers, prosecco...

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me, in every way. I have been so touched by the generosity of so many people. I can't really express how much it means - not just to me but also to the fantastic team at Helen Arkell.

Thanks

Daryl x

"It's all about challenges, and seeing the world differently. Helen Arkell is a charity supporting people with dyslexia, and other different ways of learning. It does this in a very special way. With passion and creativity, the team at Helen Arkell steps up to the challenge: assessing individuals, supporting students, teaching teachers, helping parents, working in the workplace. Shifting perceptions, thinking differently about learning. Pioneering change.

Helen Arkell celebrates and champions the unique potential of every individual. Values the power and talent that comes from seeing the world in a different way.

Since becoming a trustee at Helen Arkell, I've discovered first hand about the amazing work the charity does. So now it's my challenge: the London Marathon. It won't be quick, and it won't be pretty. But for me to make it round the course will be an incredible experience. I'm terrified, but I can't wait.

I would value your support so much. All donations will help me to the finish line, and all donations will help an extraordinary charity to keep on helping extraordinary people."

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