As the sun comes out, the trainers go on for many of us as we lose the excuse of limited daylight hours to stop us heading out for that dreaded jog. But there are 9 Co-op Colleagues who have already been hitting the tarmac for months come rain or shine, to train for 2017’s Virgin London Marathon.

This Sunday they’re taking on the mammoth challenge to raise money for the British Red Cross and our joint campaign to tackle loneliness in the UK.

Introducing, a few members of our Team Co-op:
their fundraising pages are below if you can spare a few pounds to support!

Tom RainsfordTom Rainsford – Pioneer Programme Manager, 1AS

“To run a marathon has always been a challenge to aspire to – and where better than the London Marathon. I’ve done half marathons before but never managed to bring myself to do a full.  The hope is to be able to contribute in a small way to both raising money and awareness as part of the bigger partnership with the Co-op and British Red Cross.”

James PentlandJames Pentland – Inventory Replenishment Services Assistant, 1AS

“I was thankfully given a place via “Fullers” one of our suppliers and thought I could do another good cause for the Co-op’s selected charity. I am extremely nervous as I have never run a marathon before but I am sure the atmosphere will spur me on and the supporters along the way. I wish all the runners the best of look and will see you all at the start line.”

Azam SMAzam SM – Store Manager, London

“I’m running the London Marathon for BRC to tackle loneliness and social isolation. Training is going very good and I’m excited for the final day. I’m enjoying every moment of this challenge. It’s my first Marathon. I’m grateful to my family & friends, colleagues for their support and my Area Manager, Kristian Blount who inspired me to do this Marathon.”

Mathew BardwellMathew Bardwell – Field Based Operational Trainer, Central Region

“Last year unfortunately 3 weeks before the marathon I picked up an injury and I was advised not to run, or if I did, I could never run again. I now have had the go ahead from the Doctor, so for the past 4 months I have been training about 10-15 hours week. On 23rd April, I will be part of Team Co-op running with 8 other Co-op runners for British Red Cross in one of the last big events of the partnership. So dig deep for this last push.”

J.SwaislandJack Swaisland – Stock Manager, Castlewood Distribution Centre

“I’m running the London Marathon for BRC in memory of my father and to raise aware for the loneliness campaign – something which is close to my heart. I have been struggling with numerous niggling injuries but I’m hoping the adrenaline gets me through on the big day.”
Adam WilliamsonAdam Williamson – Investment Research Analyst, Pensions Department, 1AS

“I have always wanted to complete a marathon and push myself to the limit so doing it for a good cause seemed the perfect fit and the extra motivation I will need when my morning run alarm goes off! Anything under 4 hours I will be happy with! My training has been going well and my knees, although starting to creek, have held up so far! I am looking forward to the experience but this may change 15miles in!”

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