Runner tackles the London Marathon in memory of friend
George Clode is no stranger to taking part in charity events, however this year George took on the London Marathon for the first time for a cause very dear to his heart. George said: “I chose to run the London Marathon for North London Hospice because of the fantastic care they gave my best friend when he spent his last few weeks there following a year-long battle with lung cancer. “I spent a lot of time at the hospice and saw just how wonderful all the staff were with my friend, how they did everything they could to make sure he was comfortable. I hoped that by running the marathon for the hospice, I could ensure that others in the future would continue to receive such personal and supportive care from such lovely, dedicated people. I never got the chance to thank the nurses who helped my friend in 2013. I’d like to thank them all now for being so caring and patient with him, for making the last months comfortable and bearable for him, his family, and his friends.” George’s marathon training involved a lot of discipline and structure making sure that he mixed up his training regime with fast short distances and steadier long distances. George said: “ Running the marathon was amazing day and I very happy with my time of 3hours 34mins. Running the marathon was hugely demanding and massively rewarding. I got quite emotional crossing the finish line, partly because of the immensity of the occasion, and partly because I was thinking about my friend Danny. It was a pleasure to undertake this challenge in support of the people who helped him.” The ballot for the London Marathon 2016 is now open and will close again at 5pm on May 8. If you’re successful, we’d be thrilled to have you as part of the North London Hospice team. There’s no registration fee or minimum sponsorship amount required, and we’ll be there to support your entire marathon journey. For more information contact Charlotte Matthews in Fundraising on 020 8446 2288.