A Millione Marathon Miles

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

It was hot, it was crowded and we were utterly exhausted… but our smiles at the end tell the story.

Thanks to the many people who gave so generously. Ben and I raised over £5000 (including Gift Aid) towards the cost of building the fifth Millione school in Sierra Leone. Tankee, Tankee as the Sierra Leoneans say.

Running the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon is an unforgettable experience. Being amongst 36,000 people in the glorious sunshine running from Greenwich to The Mall through some of London’s most memorable places is an extraordinary feeling. Past the Cutty Sark, on towards Tower Bridge just before half way, round Canary Wharf and along the northern embankment to the Houses of Parliament with just 385 yards left to go. The longest yards of our lives. And all the way a deafening noise as tens of thousands of people screamed their support, complete strangers shouting our names in encouragement just when our legs and minds were weakening and we needed it most.

It’s truly inspiring to see so many people running for such a huge range of charities. The spirit of the day reminded me of the Olympics when everyone felt part of a common cause. If we could bottle up this collective togetherness and with it at the forefront of our minds live every day the world would soon change for the better. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” says the Chinese proverb. The Millione Foundation and Action Aid are proud to be part of the journey to a better life for all. The Marathon was just a step.

Still smiling after 26.2 miles

Still smiling after 26.2 miles

If you would like to support us in building primary schools in Sierra Leone it is not too late to give to our Marathon pages – donations are very welcome at http://www.justgiving.com/Jerry-Lockspeiser or http://www.justgiving.com/Ben-Lockspeiser

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