This year was suppose to be my fifth year of applying for the London Marathon, so in theory I was "guarenteed" a place from the ballot, but I missed the deadline. So I had to get my place through a charity.
With all the great charities out there I decided to choose one that meant a lot to myself and my family.
I approached (JRDF) JUVENILE RESEARCH DIABETES FOUNDATION to run for them and lucky enough they gave me one of their places. This means a lot to me as my eldest Sister was diagnosed 12 years ago with Type 1 (insulin dependent) then her daughter (my Niece) got diagnosed at the age of 13 (4 years ago) of the same.
I'm sure I'll get the biggest cheer of the day when I run past Mo Farar crossing Tower Bridge in my Millwall shorts haha. LOOK OUT FOR ME!!
Adam (Big Add) Drury
contacted us to share:
After reading on the Millwall website that you were looking for supporters who are running this years London Marathon, I thought I would get in touch, so that I can get much needed publicity and sponsorship as I intend to raise as much money as possible for Leukaemia CARE uk.
I've been going to 'Wall since the early eighties having grown up on the Old Kent Road. I have since moved out of London and now live in Dartford, but still manage to get down the Den.
I have got my semi-final ticket for Wembley, but unfortunately I will not be getting in to the spirit of things as it will only be 8 days before I have to take on the Marathon.
Having grown up in Bermondsey, I always took myself down to Tower Bridge to cheer on the masses of runners. I never thought I would be one of the thousands taking part.
In 2010, my Mum died after fighting long and hard against numerous illnesses, one of which was Multiple Myeloma (Blood Cancer). The pride, determination and strength my Mum displayed during her year long battle has been all the inspiration I've needed to get me running on these cold winter days.
Anyone who has ever experienced suffering a loss as a result of a Cancer disease will know the heart ache and turmoil that is caused as you see a loved one suffer.
I would be entirely grateful if any of my Millwall Family could donate to this worth while charity by using this link: www.justgiving.com/Adam-Drury1977
Many thanks in advance.
Adam (Big Add) Drury
Fellow Millwall fan Robert Decesare explained:
I have just been accepted to run the London marathon in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Trust.
Back in July 2010 my partner was diagnosed with breast cancer and treated at the Marsden, from the superb treatment and support my partner and our family received.
Jo is currently in remission and living life to the full.
Just wanted to help the future of the Marsedn by raising money for the trust to enable it to continue the wonderful treatment it provides everyday to so many.
Thanks for all your support Rob, Jo, Charlie & Jaymie
See you at Wembley - Come On You Lions.
For Paul Smith, who sits in the West Upper and wants to say 'Good luck to the lads for Wembley' is running this year's London Marathon to honour a promise he rashly made.....
As some of you may know I ran the London Marathon back in 2011 and finished it thanks to St John Ambulance. I still don't know how I completed the marathon that day but there was no way I would have completed it (in 4hrs 33mins!) if it wasn't for the St John Ambulance volunteers.
All was going well until 21 miles when I had a bad turn and the St John volunteers came to my aid. In a delirious state I promised if I was to ever run the marathon again I would raise money on their behalf.
So here I am fulfilling that promise!
Next time you are at a sports arena, concert or any large event have a look around you and see how many VOLUNTEERS you can spot giving up their own time for free to ensure you are safe.
To enable this wonderful organisation to continue please donate anything you can to this deserving charity at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulSmith1981
Thank you for your support, wish me luck for my training.
Lions season ticket holder Dan Hughes is taking part this year, as he explains:
Running a marathon has always been an ambition of mine and it also acts as a great way of raising money for the Stroke Association in support of my Uncle who suffered a stroke late last year.
As well as me, my Dad and Grandad, he is a massive Millwall supporter and a regular season ticket holder in Block 9 of the Cold Blow Lane end.
I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
Another member of the Millwall family, Gary Bruford said:
I am running this year’s London Marathon to raise money for breast cancer and in honour of my mum! If you please take 2 mins and sponsor a fellow Lion I would be very grateful. Thank you EIO EIO EIOhttp://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GaryBruford
Likewise Scott Critchell
is running to raise money for a charity very dear to his heart, Bone Cancer Research.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
I am running the London Marathon 2013 in Memory of Grandma Carmen.
Carmen was an exceptional woman, Even though she wasn’t my actual Grandma (she was my wife's) she treated me like one of her own, She was always so welcoming and loving to me. A few years ago Grandma was diagnosed with Cancer, she was determined to fight this awful disease and for a number of years she was so strong and so brave and fought and fought and fought.
Sadly, On October 28th 2012, Grandma lost her fight.
The world is definitely a duller place without Grandma Carmen.
I feel it so fitting to run the London Marathon in honor of Grandma Carmen, and I know she will be with me all throughout the race cheering me on.
I am going to miss you Grandma Carmen xxxx
I am also running the London Marathon for Bone Cancer Research Trust, as all donations will help this wonderful company
Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) aim is to improve outcomes for people with primary bone cancer through Research, Awareness, Information and Support.
Many thanks in advance
Chris Donoghue contacted us and we are delighted to add his details too:
I have been lucky enough (??!!) to secure a place in this year’s Virgin London Marathon which will run on Sunday 21st April 2013, and I will be running in support of this year’s official marathon charities, YouthNet and AgeUK who have joined forces as ‘Team Run For It’.
I have no specific fundraising targets to achieve but any donations and support will be greatly received, as little or as much as you like!
Please visit my fundraising page here for more information http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisDonoghue
Thanks in advance for your support!
My name is Scott Horney and I am running my first London Marathon in aid of First Touch, which supports premature and sick babies in London and the south east.
Both of my daughters were born premature and without the NNU unit at St. Georges Hospital we would be two Junior Lions short.
This Charity relies on donations to buy specialize equipment to help in the welfare of the babies. I saw from first hand on both occasions what a fantastic charity this is. Any donations of any size would be much appreciated.
If you are taking part in the London Marathon we will advertise on the official website who is running, for what charity and how people can sponsor you.
Please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org and include JustGiving info plus a photo too if you so wish.