Momentum Marathon Stories

We want to say a big well done to three members of our team, who ran the London Marathon last weekend. We spoke to each of them below to find out about their London Marathon experience.


John White

I completed the marathon in 2:59:48.

I decided to take part in the London Marathon as I ran the Chester Marathon in 2019 and obtained a qualifying time for London.

The experience was amazing. Highlights we’re seeing the Elite Women on the return leg at mile 22 (They start earlier and I was around halfway at this point). But for me the best thing was the crowd support, just unbelievable, without them I would not have dragged myself round the last 3 miles as due to my own fault of going out too quick those last 3 miles were the hardest 3 miles I’ve ever ran. They really do keep you going.

I raised money for Wishes 4 Kids. It was nice to raise funds on my own terms without a minimum pledge. So far I have raised £1070.



Barbara Preston

I came 615th in my age category and gender.

My time was 3:57.

I decided to run the marathon as it’s the distance I most wanted to prove myself with. I lost my mum this year and deferring until next year wasn’t an option as I wanted to do it for her.

The day was simply wonderful – London crowds post-Covid lockdown did themselves proud. Everyone was shouting ‘Baaaaaaaabsss’ and by mile 22 I needed them as my legs appeared not to work. The atmosphere was electric and like nothing else. I am incredibly proud and grateful. I came down the Mall almost unsure where I was and crawled over the line.

The charity I ran for is a small charity called Spinal Research. They provide research into spinal cord injury and help treatment move forward for conditions such as MS, Parkinsons and Dementia to name but a few. They receive no government funding at all.



Dan Berry

I completed the marathon in 4:34.

I’ve been running for years with my friend Chelsea, and she was running the London Marathon for Leicester Animal Aid, so we thought it would be a great thing to do together.

It was great to see all the supporters cheering everyone on, the atmosphere at Tower Bridge was electric. So good to see after the last 18 months.

My chosen charity is Oxfam




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