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On Sunday 3 October, three of our fantastic colleagues completed the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon. Richard Janes, Alphega Pharmacy, Nick Atkins, Swansea Service Centre and Tierney Dashwood, Support Centre all completed the marathon in under five hours in aid of Action Medical Research, one of our chosen charities.
Richard Janes, Head of Alphega Pharmacy Retail commented on his experience: “If you’ve ever considered running a marathon just go for it; the London Marathon is truly an inspiring event. The atmosphere was incredible and knowing I was raising money for such a worthy charity made it all the more special. I wanted to finish in under five hours and I achieved that. It was tough going but support from family, friends, colleagues from Alliance Healthcare and the charity made it worth all the effort. Loved it!”
Tierney Dashwood, Key Account Manager said: “The London Marathon was such an amazing experience, running around London and the support of the crowds was so uplifting! – could do it all over again!”
Nick Atkins, Fleet and Transport Manger added: “I finally completed the London Marathon after many years of trying to secure a ballot place - and it was well worth it! This was my first time and I was delighted to receive a place through Alliance Healthcare’s charity ballot - raising funds for Action Medical Research. I feel like I endured everything along the 26.2 miles, including cramp and wonderful encouragement from the crowd, one lady literally helped me with my cramp challenge (in both legs!).
I am delighted to have completed the marathon, and in under 5 hours with a time of 4:55:42. I have some truly fantastic memories and I’m relieved I took this week off to recover. Thank you to everyone who supported me, I am incredibly humbled by the whole experience!”
Laura Webb, Support Centre also completed the virtual marathon and Hannah Simpson, Support Centre, completed the official virtual walking marathon raising further funds for Action Medical Research.
Hannah Simpson commented on her Marathon journey and said: “I decided to tackle the Virtual London Marathon in 2021 as a personal challenge in the year that I turned 40. I walked with five of my best friends and none of us could be described as fitness people! However, we trained hard and we completed the walk together. I feel such a sense of achievement and I can’t wait to get my medal in the post. Action Medical Research have been very grateful and supportive. I had contact from them before the day and since then they have commented on my sponsorship efforts online.”
Toby Tennant, a representative from Action Medical Research added: “None of our research would be possible without the active work of people like Nick, Tierney, Richard, Hannah and the people behind them from Alliance Healthcare. A huge thank you for all your efforts and the impact you are making on children and their families for years to come.”
Alliance Healthcare and our colleagues are proud to continue our efforts to raise vital funds for this fantastic charity, so that they can carry on their mission to save and change children’s lives through medical research, developing treatments, vaccinations and cures.