Seven intrepid runners are preparing to run the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April in support of The Donkey Sanctuary.

Good luck wishes are in order to our team of seven tenacious fundraisers, who will be among the tens of thousands of runners taking to the streets of the capital in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Our runners come from all corners of the country, but they all have the common goal of raising money and awareness for The Donkey Sanctuary. Support like theirs helps to ensure we can continue our work reaching donkeys and mules in the UK and across the world.

Our team of runners include The Donkey Sanctuary’s very own veterinary pathologist, George Paraschou. 2019 will be an eventful year for George; in addition to running the marathon, his first child is also due soon.

Shelley Hall from Ellesmere and partner Ashley Lloyd are looking forward to the event. Their family visit the Sidmouth sanctuary every year, and have adopted donkeys with us for a long time.

Loyal supporter Andrea Barrett from Brentwood was first introduced to The Donkey Sanctuary when she was a little girl - her gran adopted a donkey named Winston, and we are grateful that she has continued her familial support by choosing to run the marathon.

At 64 years young, dedicated fundraiser Yvonne Moore is our most senior competitor. Rochford resident Yvonne narrowly missed out on running for us in 2018, and is thrilled to be joining us this year.

Gavin Paye from Gillingham and London based Tanya Potiyenko gained their own ballot places. They both feel passionate about the charity, and have generously chosen to support The Donkey Sanctuary in the London Marathon.

London 2018 Marathon Runners
2018 London Marathon runners in action.
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Rose Huxham, community fundraising officer at The Donkey Sanctuary says: “We are very proud of all our marathon runners. We so value their support and determination to fundraise in this way, and look forward to welcoming them across the finish line.”

The 26.2 mile route starts in Greenwich on 28 April, and encompasses many iconic sights and city landmarks. The Donkey Sanctuary will have a team of staff and volunteers on the ground along the route, giving all the encouragement they can. We wish our runners the best of luck, and will be ready to welcome them all back across the finish line on The Mall.

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