Weldmar is thankful to all who compete in the London Marathon every year - raising thousands so that we can continue our care across Dorset
Are you running in the 2018 London Marathon? Do you want to be part of Team Weldmar? Then please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Weldmar had a team of seven runners competing in the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2017 – learn more about them here:
Runner number: 22501
I have waited so long to run London Marathon, eight years. I entered the ballot in April and wait to get that “sorry” magazine every October and that happened again this year. Then I was lucky and I got my place in our club draw. My club is Dorset Sole Sisters, who are allocated one space every year as an affiliated club. This felt amazing, I was so excited and scared. “I’m Doing London!!”
My marathon training has gone well – I started off with a 20 week programme. I run with my local women’s running group twice a week, Dorset Sole Sisters. We run about 5 miles each night.
I gradually increased my weekend run each week, starting at about 8 miles building up to half marathon distance, then on to a couple of 18 and 20 mile runs and also a 21 mile run.
Some of the long runs were from Broadmayne to Weymouth and back and in the countryside out to Morton. Lovely early mornings listening to the birds singing as you run by.
Runner number: 52003
I am originally from Weymouth and recently moved to Bridport. I am running the marathon in memory of my grandparents, who both received care and support from Weldmar Hospicecare. Four years ago my Granddad passed away in the comfort of Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester and my Gran was a regular visitor to the Trimar Hospice day centre in Weymouth before she passed away in a care home. Both received amazing care and Weldmar also supported myself and my family during the difficult times. So there has only ever been one charity I would have wanted to run the London Marathon for and I have always, since a young age, wanted to run the London Marathon!
Training is going very well, I have been running 5 days a week since 1st January and on average run about 35-40 miles per week. My current longest run in training is 21 miles and I have been following an online London Marathon training plan. I have been training all over Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport. I have always been a keen runner and have previously run for Weldmar before when I was 16 or 17 completing the British Open 10k race in London, quite a few years ago now! So it will be nice to run in London again for Weldmar. I am hoping to raise £3,000 and currently need around another £200 to reach my target
I’m aiming to run the marathon in under 3hrs 30mins!
Runner number: 5190
I am running with my sister Sharron (more below) – and we have been training hard all winter and just finished our last long run of 21 miles – thank goodness!
We are fundraising in memory of Ida Hemsley (a family member), and friends and families connected to The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis who have had such fantastic support from Weldmar. Fundraising has been going really well, especially the cake sales at work. They have been a real hit!
I am a very sporty sister, and the younger one too! I play county badminton and only recently retired from hockey. I work as a Contracts Manager at Leonardo (Augusta Westland) and have a very busy home life looking after my husband and two fantastic boys. They are definitely my biggest supporters and will be traveling to London to cheer me on. I am excited about the challenge ahead and want to soak up the atmosphere on the day.
Runner number: 52001
I am running with my sister Nikki (above) in memory of Ida Hamsley.
From a very young age I have always been very sporty, especially enjoyed hockey, football and badminton. But I was not keen on cross-country when I was at school, preferring sprinting!
I work as a PE teacher and Head of Year at the Woodroffe School.
It has been a lifetime ambition to run the London Marathon and can’t believe it’s really going to happen. I tried to get in via the ballot for last 20 years without any success, so this is really big for me and I can’t wait to enjoy the whole experience and to share the day with my sister – how good is that!
Nigel and Rachael Roberts
Runner numbers: Nigel 52005 – Rachael 52004
After our children left home and became settled, and we weren’t needed to help with our grandchildren after they started school, it was a challenge to find something outside of work we could enjoy and take an interest in together. We started running just over a couple of years now. It wasn’t an instant love affair, rather one that has grown over that time and has developed the more we get to know other people who share our passion and the ability to motivate, support and encourage others to start, continue or progress.
Over this time we’ve progressed from our first 5k, then 10k until now we can say we’ve completed several half marathons races. The next goal in our running was for us to undertake the challenge of a full marathon. Not knowing whether it will be something we would want to partake in again, we wanted to give the “big one” a shot.
Since Rachael participated in the Weldmar Strictly Come Dancing Challenge we have both become great supporters of our local Weldmar Charity and their fundraising events. Cancer affects so many of us and our loved ones so its amazing to know what a fabulous hospice Weldmar is, and the support and services they provide to their patients and families is totally invaluable. We find ourselves in a very privileged position at having them right on our doorstep.
We are sure the training will be gruelling at times but we are both extremely conscientious and determined and know that every step we take will be worth it when we achieve our target sum for our chosen charity.
Runner number: 52002
I am the Head of Fundraising at Weldmar Hospicecare – and am taking part in this year’s London Marathon as part of my ‘Colossal 10‘ – a celebration of 10 years’ service with the charity. This is the third challenge I am taking part in this year.
I am extremely grateful to all our 2017 runners. I am delighted to be joining our team this year, who should all be proud of the hard work and dedication they have put into training for such an iconic challenge.
All the money that Weldmar receives from the London Marathon will go towards funding the continuation of the outstanding care that we provide to patients and their loved ones across Dorset. Income from challenges such as the London Marathon is vital so we can be there for members of the community when and where there need our support in the future.
If you wish to run for Weldmar in the 2018 London Marathon, you should first enter the public ballot, which opens after the 2017 race. If you are successful in the ballot, then contact us so that we know you would like to run for Weldmar.
If you are not successful in the ballot, we have a number of ‘Gold Bond’ places – guaranteed places in the Marathon – which can be given to runners. Contact Weldmar after the ballot using our online contact form or call us on 01305 261800 and we will keep your details on file.