This past Sunday, the FBB family came out to cheer on four fantastic FBB supporters who took part in the Vitality Big Half Marathon.
The English weather did not make things easy for our runners. With wind gusts of over twenty miles an hour and rain pelting down for the first half of the morning, our runners had to overcome the weather as well as the distance. The course began at Tower Bridge Road, leading them south and east around the city, through tunnels, over bridges and across cobblestone roads to finally finish in Greenwich by the iconic Cutty Sark. Around 20,000 people from all over the world participated in the race, including Athletics legend Sir Mo Farah, who won the race for the second consecutive year.
FBB supporters Mike, Jack, Henry, and Caitlyn not only decided to undergo this daunting challenge of training for and running the half marathon, but also managed to raise on average over £500 pounds each for FBB. This is a remarkable and hugely appreciated accomplishment and we can’t thank them all enough for participating!
Caitlyn (pictured below) is a placement student from Chicago who is currently interning as a member of the communications team for FBB. “The opportunity to race in London, and represent FBB as well is honestly a dream,” Caitlyn said. “I have never raced anywhere outside of the United States, and being able to give back to an organization that has given me so much was incredible.”
All of the funds raised from the Big Half will go toward enabling young people from the FBB Schools programme to go on a summer tour this year. Our summer tours are an essential part of the FBB Schools programme that are hugely beneficial to our participants, leading to sustained change in attitude to learning. The tours would not be possible without funds raised by our supporters through challenge events such as the Big Half.
“Once I told people I was running on behalf of FBB, all of my friends and family immediately jumped on the opportunity to support FBB,” Caitlyn said. “Being fortunate enough to have worked with FBB for three months now has been a huge blessing. The passion and devotion to the young people they work with makes FBB unlike any other organization.”
All in all, it was an amazing effort by our runners and we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated! We would not be able to do anything without the love and support from you all!
However, the training is not over for some! The Brighton Marathon is coming up on April 14th, where two of our supporters – Ellie and Charlie – will be running. Please consider donating to their JustGiving pages below: