Count down to the Marathon As the Virgin Money London Marathon approaches, we’d like to share the stories of some of our amazing runners with you as they prepare for that iconic 26 mile route around our beautiful capital city in support of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). (pictured from left to right, Holly, Diane and Fiona) ‘Shake Rattle and Run’ are Diane & Holly Hastings and family friend Fiona Maran who felt inspired when watching last years London Marathon to take part this year to raise money for CPT. Diane was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 15 years ago and featured in CPT’s BBC Lifeline Appeal last March which was presented by her husband Gavin Hastings, the former Scotland and British Lions Captain. The appeal highlighted the innovative work of CPT and the urgent need to fund more research to find a cure for Parkinson’s. Fiona said, “It’s time to give something back and for Diane to prove to herself that a marathon is within reach and possible. I will be running with Diane every step of the way unless George Clooney has an entry place and then she’ll be off!” 'Reece & Robbie' are back again this year after running the marathon for us in 2017. Their close friend Dom is amongst the 127,000 people with Parkinson’s in the UK. Reece (pictured left) said, “It’s been almost a year since the big day and the memories of cramp, stitches, blisters and chafe, have not nearly subsided, however the overwhelming support of those who sponsored and supported us both, far outweighs our fears and we’re getting ready to go again this April.” Jess Brew (pictured right) is the youngest runner on Team CPT having not long turned 18 the London Marathon will be her first ever fundraising challenge! Jess recently completed a 20 mile training run at Dorney Lakes in sub zero weather and is feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves for the big day. “I am now on the home run and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been so generous in their sponsoring me. My family have been supporters of CPT since it formed due to their friendship with it's co-founder, Tom Isaacs. I feel really honoured to be running in Tom’s memory and to help raise money for such a great cause. Tom Gisby (pictured above) has set himself the incredible task of running in four big events this year in support of CPT. His challenge began with The Brighton Half Marathon in February followed by a cold snowy run at the London Big Half in March. His final two challenges are the London Marathon this April and then The Vitality London 10,000 in May. Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s when he was 33. “For me, this challenge is a way to raise awareness for a condition that directly or indirectly affects a vast amount of people, and a way to raise money and acknowledge my gratitude for an excellent and dedicated charity, The Cure Parkinson's Trust.” As a running enthusiast, proud Londoner and someone whose family has been affected by Parkinson’s Paul Kelly (pictured left) is joining Team CPT this April. Paul said, “To run in the event whilst raising money for the Cure Parkinson's Trust is really the icing on the cake. Parkinson’s is something all my family are familiar with. As a family, I’m sure everyone will support me as it is an amazing opportunity for us all to back CPT.” Luke Jones will be taking part in the London Marathon on his Birthday! Inspired by his close friend and CPT supporter Louise Sweeney (pictured right) who has run the marathon for us the last two years, Luke will be joining Louise for a Birthday to remember! Having family who have been affected by Parkinson’s and seeing the impact of the disease Luke said, “Anything I can do that helps to facilitate Parkinson’s research to slow, stop or reverse the disease will be incredibly worthwhile.” Jonathan Carter was successful in this years marathon ballot and we are delighted that he has decided to run in support of CPT. Jonathan wanted to take part in memory of his Grandmother, Jean Margaret England who lived with Parkinson’s for 15 years and sadly passed away in 2009. Jonathan has managed to secure fantastic match funding from his generous employer and said. “This serves as a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for the fantastic charity, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.” With a total of 26 wonderful runners taking on the London Marathon for CPT this April, we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your incredible efforts and inspiring fundraising so far. We can’t wait to see you all on the day and cheer you on to the finish line –‘Go Team CPT!’ To all our CPT runners please remember to keep in touch on Social Media, via Twitter: @cureparkinsonsT, Facebook: @cureparkinsonstrust, or Instagram: @cureparkinsonstrust, we’d love to hear from you! If you feel inspired and would like to take part in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon for CPT we'd love to welcome you to the team. Please contact Anna or call 020 7487 3892.