19 Nov 2021

Earlier this year, Sophie ran the London Landmarks Half Marathon to help to raise vital funds for us. Sophie has shared with us her inspiration behind running the half marathon, why she chose to fundraise for us, and what being part of our team of lifesavers meant to her.  

Why did you take part in London Landmarks Half Marathon? 

I decided to take part in London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) for three reasons: my love for running, the desire to overcome a new challenge and most importantly to be able to fundraise for London’s Air Ambulance Charity. I had known that I wanted to fundraise for this charity for a while and when I saw that the LLHM was approaching, the decision to sign up was a no-brainer!  

Why did you choose to support London’s Air Ambulance Charity? 

Due to being an aspiring paramedic, I already had an understanding of the role of London’s Air Ambulance and the outstanding work of the crew who are incredibly committed to saving lives. I chose to fundraise for the charity because without the support of fundraisers and donations from the public, life-saving care cannot be provided to patients at their time of critical need. 

How did you fundraise, what was your most successful fundraising idea? 

My fundraising experience was brilliant, I am immensely grateful to my family, friends and even people who I haven’t met before who very kindly donated.  

I found that sharing the link to my fundraising page and discussing the importance of this charity were the most effective methods for collecting funds. Unsurprisingly, people were keen to donate as it is already a very highly respected cause. 

What was it like on the big day? 

Race day was easily one of the best experiences of my life so far. The course entertainment, roadside supporters and above all the pride that I felt wearing my charity running vest is what spurred me on throughout the race and enabled me to say that I didn’t walk one step of the way! 

If you could give one piece of advice to anyone looking to take part in London Landmarks Half Marathon what would it be? 

This event is perfect for any participant - there is no pressure to run the whole way and many people walk or even wear fancy dress. It is a brilliant way to improve fitness, before signing up I didn’t run regularly but training meant that I overcame challenges to reach my fitness goals all whilst raising funds which will contribute to saving lives. 

What did being part of the London’s Air Ambulance Charity team mean to you? 

I absolutely loved every second of the training, the race itself and the fundraising. I would encourage anyone who has even a small desire to take part in this event to sign up (runner or non-runner), you won’t regret it!  

Although this was my first fundraising event for London’s Air Ambulance, it definitely won’t be the last. I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to be part of the London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s LLHM team and I hope that in the future I can support this incredible charity in more ways than fundraising alone. 

Join our team of lifesavers and run the next London Landmarks Half Marathon. Sign up here.  

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