“I would recommend running the London Marathon to anyone!”

Here is one of our supporters, Dan Stephen, explaining why he took part in the London Marathon 2015 for Henshaws:

“26.2 miles is a long way to run. Even as a member of a running club who had completed a number of half marathons, I do not think that I realised exactly how much a marathon would push me to the limits of my endurance.

My running began just over a year ago when I entered a half marathon having done no training whatsoever. This did not go well. The lady who ran with me and gave me encouragement over the last few miles was in the 70-75 age category. And she beat me by 3 minutes.

So I started running. A couple of times a week to begin with. Then I started going to my local park run event. When I couldn’t get under 23mins for 5km, a friend suggested that I join a local running club. All running clubs get a place in the London marathon, and my name was pulled out of the hat as the person to represent my club. So the training began.

When people found out I was running the London marathon it was inevitably followed by the question, ‘Are you doing it for charity?’ I had not considered this, but it seemed a wasted opportunity considering there was a charity very close to mine and my family’s heart.

Henshaws supports my brother in law, Samuel Garwood. So I simply set up a Virgin Money giving page and put on Facebook that I was running the marathon for this charity. And soon people started donating money. I didn’t think that I would need any motivation for running the marathon. However, I was shocked at the generosity of my friends and family and it did add another level of motivation that I had not been expecting.

Photo of Dan running in the London Marathon 2015

People had taken an interest in what I was doing, given their own money to support a charity of my choosing, and now I felt the need to ensure that I put some serious effort into making sure I got around in a reasonable time.

Running upwards of 50 miles a week is not easy. However, the knowledge that I have raised over £1500 for Henshaws by running 26 miles in 3 hours 19 minutes makes it very worthwhile. I would recommend running the London Marathon to anyone. Although it is difficult, it is an exhilarating experience and made all the more worthwhile by doing it for a charity that does such good work in ensuring that the people it supports reach their full potential.”


If you would like to sponsor Dan please go to his Virgin Money Giving page.

We are now accepting applications for our highly sought after charity places in the 2016 London Marathon!

The London Marathon is one of the world’s best running events, and with places limited, there’s always high demand. We operate a ballot system so if you’d like a chance of getting one of our charity places, please fill out an application below and we will let you know if you are successful. To give you the best possible chance, we ask that you give us as much information about yourself as possible and why you want to run for Henshaws.

Why join Team Henshaws?

We’ll support you every step of the way to ensure you have the best possible experience. We’ll send you inspiring stories from people that Henshaws have helped to help you to inspire your family and friends to support you. You’ll also receive a Henshaws running vest or t-shirt so everyone will know what a great cause you’re supporting.

Most importantly though, joining team Henshaws will help us to support anyone affected by sight loss and other disabilities to build the skills and independence they need, to achieve the future they want.

London Marathon 2016 entry form

Please note, submitting an application does not guarantee a place in the London Marathon.

For more information please contact the fundraising team – email fundraising@henshaws.org.uk or call 01423 799601.

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Helen is Fundraising and Marketing Assistant at Henshaws and is responsible for promoting fundraising events and editing the Vision newsletter.
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