Each month, we will give away a unique Dream Marathon experience to one lucky Virgin Money London Marathon runner, including £100 of Adidas kit, two nights in Central London, upgrade to the Green Start and entry to Virgin Money’s after-party.
And this month we are delighted to introduce our first winner, Haydn Squibb, who is running to raise money for Anthony Nolan.
Haydn says “2013 was one of the toughest I’ve had; I’d never had to deal with losing someone close to me, and in 2013 I finally had to experience it. Oli was one of the most amazing people I’d ever met, and to have known him for a good 17 or so years makes me feel like one of the luckiest people in the world. Anthony Nolan did all they could to help Oli and with him meaning everything to me, I’ve gone totally crazy and thought I’d do my bit to give something back!”
Anthony Nolan is a blood cancer charity which works to match individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to those who have the disease, as well as educating and conducting research into this type of cancer. The charity also supports people with blood cancer and their families, offering advice and information. It is this which Haydn is most grateful for, after her friend Oli suffered from the disease.
We asked Haydn about her decision to run the marathon and how she was getting on with her training. “The London Marathon is the most well known marathon in the world, and after heading out to watch the 2014 one I added it to my list of things to do before I die. It’s my most local run too so that’s rather helpful too! I’m finding the training rather hard, I’m not a strong runner at all so it’s starting from new and building up stamina and miles!“
She also told us that although it is worth it for the cause she’s fundraising for, she was heartbroken to have to give up her favourite food, burgers! “I know that Oli is up there thinking I’m an absolute nutter but would be so proud of what I am achieving. Plus a close friend of mine has said she will be waiting at the finish line with a bottle of Prosseco, that won’t go a miss.“
When asked how she felt to have won, Haydn told us “I was very overwhelmed when I won the competition, it will certainly make the day a lot easier!”
To support Haydn, you can visit her Virgin Money Giving page and to find out more about the Dream Marathon competition, read our blog.
And for all you 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon runners out there, we still have six of these exclusive packages to give away – one a month from now until March. Every donation you get on your Virgin Money London Marathon Virgin Money Giving fundraising page, gets you one entry into that month’s draw. So the more donations you get, the more chances you have of winning this dream prize. If you haven’t set up your page yet, why not set it up now? There’s still a week to go to enter the October draw! Good luck!