On Sunday 9 October 2016, we had our first ever team of runners in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. It’s a 13.1 mile run around London past some historic landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. It also goes through 5 of London’s Royal Parks which look truly beautiful in the autumn.
Six lovely ladies took up the challenge for Kicks Count and we are delighted to announce that they have raised a phenomenal £3,700 for the charity! THANK YOU to all the ladies who put in months of training in preparation and also to their friends and family who so generously sponsored them.
Here is a bit more about all the ladies and how to sponsor them:
Eid wanted to celebrate her 40th birthday year in style by running 13.1 miles in memory of her child she lost in 2011. She sent us many happy smiling training photos and completed the run in 2 hours 33 minutes and 26 seconds! She has raised £863.66 for the charity on her JustGiving page. Eid said “it was an absolute pleasure to run for you”.
Aimee is a student midwife, she said she wanted to run for Kicks Count because “I have seen the devastating effects that a stillbirth can have on a family and I feel like this would be something that I could do to make a difference. Giving information regarding babies movements and what to do if these movements change is something that I am very passionate about”. Aimee has raised £331 on her JustGiving page and completed the run in 2 hours 43 minutes and 25 seconds.
Rachael has two children, both were induced because of reduced movements. Her midwives had given her Kicks Count leaflets which had empowered her to get the movements checked. She got married earlier this year AND still found time to train for the half marathon! Super mum! She has raised £300 for Kicks Count via her JustGiving page. Rachael completed the course in 2 hours 50 minutes and 4 seconds and said “Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to run at this event. I enjoyed every step (well except mile 11!). It was such a brilliant run but probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. The support was amazing. I loved running down the mall towards Buckingham Palace at mile 5!”
Whilst pregnant with her baby, Sophie’s friend gave birth to a sleeping baby at 42 weeks. Sophie ran in memory of her friend’s child and raised £373.60 on JustGiving. Sophie was our fastest team runner, completing the run in 2 hours 12 minutes and 1 second with her husband. Well done to them both!
Lara is a midwife and said she wanted to support Kicks Count because “I would like to run and raise money for every parent I have cared for who has lost, every Angel I have delivered and for every future Angel we can prevent leaving us before they should”. She has raised £500 for the charity offline and also on her Virgin Money Giving page and completed the run in 2 hours 17 minutes and 46 seconds.
Kate went through the tragedy that no parent should suffer, her daughter Lily was born sleeping in June 2012. Kate took part in the Thames Bridge Trek in September 2015 for Kicks Count and then decided she wanted to run 13.1 miles round London for us this year! She is our super dooper top fundraiser of the team raising a tremendous £1,020 in memory of Lily on her JustGiving page. Kate said “I am so delighted to have raised so much for the charity, I truly am”. She completed the run in 2 hours 41 minutes and 49 seconds.
THANK YOU to all of our fantastic runners, we are so grateful for all you have achieved.
If you would like to take part in this run in 2017, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list.