Wokingham London Marathon runners raise thousands of poundsBy Victoria Smith
April 25, 2012
Runners from Wokingham crossed the finishing line of the London Marathon on Sunday and raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Simon Brown, 35, raised more than £2,400 for Parkinson’s UK, when he completed the 26.2 mile Virgin London Marathon in three hours 47 minutes on the last day of Parkinson’s Awareness Week.
Simon joined 214 other runners competing for the charity which hopes to raise £300,000 from the event.
Rory Smyth, 42, also from Wokingham, finished in three hours 38 mins to raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
The charity’s challenge fundraising manager Laura Savory says: “Completing the marathon is such a fantastic achievement.
“All our runners should be proud of what they have accomplished both for themselves and for the children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.”
A group of 22 runners took to the streets in aid of Norwood, which runs Ravenswood Village, in Crowthorne, to support people with learning disabilities. So far they have raised an incredible £80,000.
One of them, Ben Williams, 30, from Wokingham, completed the race in four hours 33 mins.
Mr Williams, who is managing director of Eco Warriors Solar, is fundraising to help change the life of Bryony Smith, who lives in Ravenswood Village. Due to a neurodevelopmental disorder, Rett Syndome, and other learning disabilities – Bryony finds communicating extremely difficult. The money Mr Williams has raised will go towards a Tobii Eye Tracker Computer, a high tech device which will help Bryony to communicate and socialise using revolutionary eye gaze technology.
He said: “What an event to be part of. My family has been involved with this great charity for over 15 years; if I can make a difference to just one service user’s life, all the hard training would have been worthwhile.”
The other Norwood runners this year were: Joel Barnett, Andrea Fraquelli, Alex Golombeck, Paul Harris, Ryan Howard, Paul Jacobs, Jane Jaffe, Samuel Kaye, Ben Konopinski, Adam Malach, David Mintz, Simon Passer, Nikola Plecas, Paul Robbens, Harry Green, Jacob Green, Joseph Green, Philip Green and Samuel Green.