With the Virgin Money London Marathon just around the corner, we'd like to share some stories from the amazing members of team CPT ahead of the iconic 26.2 mile race through the capital. 

Holly Hastings is running for the second year in a row in support of The Cure Parkinson's Trust (CPT). Last year, she was part of team 'Shake, Rattle and Run' along with her mum Diane (pictured together below, left), who was diagnosed with Parkinson's aged 39, and family friend Fiona Maran. This year, Holly will be joined by Fiona's daughter Carla Maran (pictured below, right) as the mantle is taken up by the next generation! Carla said:

“I’m excited to be running for CPT having watched the admirable and truly inspirational efforts of my mum and Diane last year. They did a fantastic job in terms of fundraising and training, and we look forward to carrying this on!”

Holly added:

“I think that opening up and speaking about Parkinson's is a great way for people to understand the illness. However, I also see the marathon as a challenge for myself to complete and I like to think that I am running this for my mum, Diane, to show her how she has helped individuals to stay positive through also raising awareness.”

 

Father and daughter team Peter and Emily Higgins will also be taking on the challenge to raise money for CPT, and in memory of Peter's father (and Emily's grandfather) Mike, who lived with Parkinson's for many years. Emily is juggling training for the event with being a full time student at Leeds University, while Peter has even been taking to the streets on his holiday, making the most of the warmer climate in the Algarve. Emily said:

"We feel privileged and so very excited to be given the opportunity to run the London Marathon together, to raise money for The Cure Parkinson's Trust, and contribute to finding a cure for this cruel disease.”

Lana Milne has already taken on an incredible amount of fundraising races for CPT, including the London Marathon twice previously, as well as the Brighton Marathon and the London to Brighton challenge. In spite of her previous experience, and now with two very young children in tow, training this year has been no easy feat! Lana, who will be running for her uncle John who lives with Parkinson's, said:

“It’s the most nervous I’ve felt about a race. But, the race pain is a drop in the ocean compared to what people with Parkinson’s endure, and that’s what will keep me pushing forward on race day.”

Jemima Mitchell will running for CPT this year, and is feeling excited but nervous about the raceday. Witnessing the impact Parkinson's has had on a close friend and her family, she has been inspired to raise funds for our pioneering research. Jemima commented:

"I have been running a lot to a tight training programme and can start to see the finish line in sight. I know it is going to be a mental and physical challenge but I am hoping that the adrenaline and support will get me through.”

Nick and Helen Faubel are a husband and wife duo who are both keen runners, but have been training hard to prepare for the tough 26.2 miles ahead of them in London. They ran the Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday 17th March, and have both taken part in marathons and triathlons previously, but this will be the first time they join the famous race in the capital. They will be running for CPT, in support of Helen’s father who is currently living with the condition and her late grandmother who was also diagnosed with Parkinson's. Helen was also inspired to raise funds for CPT after meeting our late Co-founder and President, Tom Isaacs. Helen said:

“So far the training is going well, with our main objective being to stay injury free throughout. We have decided to run together, at least until mile 17; if one of us hits the wall, it will be dog eat dog - see you at the finish line!!”

These are just a selection of the incredible runners who will take to the streets on 28th April in support of CPT. We would like to say a huge thank you and good luck to each one of you - we will be there cheering you on to the finish line!

To all our CPT runners, please remember to keep in touch on Social Media via Twitter: @cureparkinsonsTFacebook: @cureparkinsonstrustor Instagram: @cureparkinsonstrust, we’d love to hear from you!

If you feel inspired and would like to take part in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon for CPT we'd love to welcome you to the team. Please contact George or call 020 7487 3892.