Brokers, networks and Virgin Money staff will run the Virgin Money London Marathon for charity on Sunday 28 April.
Along with Virgin Money staff, two members of staff from HLPartnership and Mortgage Support Network will run, commercial director Neil Hoare and compliance director Gavin Earnshaw.
Also running is Gemma Urquhart, mortgage consultant at Urquhart Asset Management. She has previous marathon experience, running the very first Stirling Marathon. She’s raising money for Breast Cancer and the Marina Dalglish Cancer Centre.
She said: “My mum was successfully treated here so it’s a cause very close to my heart. This will be my very first time running the London Marathon, having been unlucky on the previous eight occasions I have tried to get in.”
Megan Smith, mortgage and protection adviser at Simpson Bowers Wealth Management is a marathon newcomer, having never ever run 26 miles before and will be running for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Smith added: “I am not what you could describe as an avid runner and I certainly haven’t run a marathon before.
“I am running for a great cause in Macmillan Cancer Support although I am very nervous. However, this is something I have on my bucket list and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”
Dan Maskell, director of The Finance Planning Group, will be running for Pancreatic Cancer and has the experience of running a marathon.
He said: “I am very excited to be running in the Virgin Money London Marathon but also a touch apprehensive. However, it is an opportunity to raise some money for an excellent cause.”
Hoare and Earnshaw are running for the charity Dementia Revolution, which is a joining of forces of the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK
Earnshaw said: “They have come together to power ground-breaking research at the UK Dementia Research Institute.
“Dementia is the biggest health threat facing society today and there are currently no effective treatments to slow, prevent or cure it.
“Today, 50 million people are living with dementia across the world. Too often they struggle alone, feeling as though their world has been turned upside down and often facing prejudice or misunderstanding.
“But no more. A revolution is growing – on the streets and in the laboratories. Scientists are gaining on dementia, pioneering breakthroughs and transforming lives. It is time to bring dementia out of the shadows and set things straight.”
He added: “Having both taken part in previous years we know what to expect on the day, which will be an incredible and thrilling, albeit exhausting run around some of the most iconic streets of the capital, but we also appreciate the work involved to make it to the start line.
“We will each complete around 400 training miles in the months leading up to the big day – which is around 60 hours – pounding the streets in wind, rain, snow and, if we are lucky, the occasionally sunny day!
“We are doing it as we are passionate about raising awareness (and hopefully funds) for Dementia Revolution. If anyone can support us then you can search our names on the Virgin Money Giving web site to make a donation.”
Hoare added: “The sense of self achievement you have when completing the course both personally and in the knowledge that you are helping others is unbelievable.
“For everyone that has supported Gavin and myself me in the past with our charity work I’d like to say thank you, you have made a real difference to people’s lives.
“But please don’t think you can’t do more even if you are doing it from your phone or tablet in the comfort of your own bed whilst we are out putting the miles into our legs!”
Johnny Fairley and Natasha Moss are part of the intermediary marketing team at Virgin Money and will be joining their intermediary counterparts in taking on the 26.2 miles that is the Virgin Money London.
Fairley said that he’s also running for Dementia Revolution, Virgin Money’s corporate charity of the year.
He added: “This is my second London Marathon but now I know just what it takes to complete it. I am looking forward to taking on the challenge and have been strict on following my training plan. Dementia Revolution is a great cause to inspire me to finish in what I hope will be a personal best this year.”
Natasha Moss is running her first ever marathon of any kind and is doing so for two charities, Dementia Revolution and Breast Cancer now.
She said: “I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t nervous after all I am running in the world’s most famous marathon.
“However, my training has been going well, touch wood. These are two charities I am very passionate about and I hope to raise as much as I can through my Virgin Money Giving page to help them in their respective battles.”
You can find everyone and donate on Virgin Money’s Just Giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/.