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Meet the 2024 London Marathon team

Meet the 2024 London Marathon team

As the London Marathon 2024 approaches, seven individuals are gearing up to run for a cause close to their hearts: supporting London Sport’s mission to improve access to sport and physical activity for underserved communities in London. Through their participation, they epitomise resilience, empowerment, and the remarkable impact of embracing an active lifestyle on both physical and mental well-being. United by a shared mission to support London Sport’s endeavours in providing equal access to sport and physical activity for underserved communities in London, these runners embody the profound benefits that come from adopting an active lifestyle. Their stories illustrate how running has not only enhanced their physical fitness but also served as a catalyst for mental resilience and personal growth.

Sadie Restorick     

Sadie’s journey to the London Marathon 2024 is one of resilience and empowerment. Having overcome domestic abuse and mental health challenges, Sadie found solace in running, which transformed her life. Turning forty marked a new chapter for Sadie, with running the London Marathon as a top bucket list item. Running became her lifeline, helping her manage CPTSD and depression while inspiring others through her journey. As a national ambassador for the This Girl Can campaign and a workplace well-being advocate, Sadie is passionate about supporting women and individuals overcoming barriers to sport. Running for London Sport is her way of giving back and making a meaningful impact on others’ lives.

Sadie’s story is a testament to the transformative power of sports and physical activity. Through her journey from survivor to marathon runner, she exemplifies resilience, courage, and determination. By running for London Sport, Sadie not only honours her own journey but also empowers others to overcome adversity and embrace a brighter future through sports.

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Ilaria Biancacci

Ilaria’s journey towards the London Marathon 2024 is fuelled by a deep-rooted belief in breaking down barriers and lifting others. As a dedicated advocate for inclusivity, she not only embodies this philosophy in her work at Decathlon but also through her platform Wempower, empowering young female journalists. Ilaria’s marathon dream was born on the sidelines of a chilly October day at the London Marathon, where she made a promise to herself and her mother. Despite not being an avid runner initially, joining a running club at work in January 2023 transformed her perception. Through each race milestone, Ilaria experienced the power of community and the resilience within herself. Now, gearing up for the London Marathon, Ilaria invites others to join her in championing inclusivity, promoting health, and empowering communities. Together, they aim to make a difference, one stride at a time.

With every step, Ilaria is not just running a marathon; she’s running for a cause close to her heart. Her journey symbolises the collective effort to make sports accessible to everyone, regardless of background or circumstance. Through her dedication and determination, Ilaria inspires us all to break down barriers and lift each other up, one stride at a time.

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Scott Poulier

For Scott, running the London Marathon 2024 is more than just a physical challenge; it’s a mission to advocate for health and well-being. Having grown up in London, Scott understands the importance of access to sports and physical activity, especially for underrepresented communities. Inspired by his experience fundraising for JDRF during the Ride Across Britain in 2022, Scott is determined to do more for his local communities. Despite starting running in late 2022, his journey culminated in completing the Amsterdam Marathon in 2023. With each step, Scott aims to remove inequalities in accessing physical activity, motivated by the impactful work of London Sport in transforming lives across the city.

Scott’s journey is a testament to the power of determination and community support. Through his marathon endeavour, he hopes to raise awareness and funds for London Sport, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Scott’s commitment to advocating for health and well-being inspires us all to take action and make a difference in our communities.

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Chris Evans

As a dedicated employee of London Sport, Chris’s decision to run the London Marathon 2024 stems from a personal connection with the organisation’s mission. Raising funds for a charity dedicated to improving Londoners’ lives through physical activity resonates deeply with Chris. Despite being a novice marathon runner, Chris embraces the challenge as an opportunity to contribute to a cause he deeply believes in. With a newfound appreciation for London Sport’s role in tackling the inactivity crisis, Chris sees the marathon as a platform to raise awareness and funds, ensuring more Londoners have access to opportunities for physical activity. Chris envisions a future where everyone, regardless of background, can enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle, and he’s determined to play his part in making that vision a reality.

Chris’s commitment to making a positive impact through physical activity is inspiring. By taking on the challenge of the London Marathon, he demonstrates that everyone can contribute to building a healthier and more active community. Through his fundraising efforts, Chris hopes to create lasting change and empower others to embrace an active lifestyle for their own well-being.

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Sue Wilkie

Sue’s lifelong dedication to sports and physical activity drives her to run the London Marathon 2024 for London Sport. Growing up in an area marked by social deprivation, Sue understands the transformative power of sports in bridging communities. As a seasoned professional in the sports industry, Sue has witnessed firsthand the positive impact of embracing an active lifestyle. Her mission to represent London Sport in the marathon is fuelled by a desire to extend this transformation to every individual, ensuring equitable access to sports opportunities. Running in memory of her father, Sue aims to support older adults in London’s communities, paying tribute to her father’s legacy of resilience and compassion.

Sue’s passion for sports and her commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable society shine through in her marathon journey. By running for London Sport, she not only honours her father’s memory but also continues his legacy of compassion and community service. Sue’s dedication inspires us all to bridge divides and build stronger, healthier communities through sports.

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Rob Hughes

Rob’s decision to run the London Marathon 2024 stems from a commitment to support disadvantaged communities in his city. As a London resident, Rob recognises the importance of organisations like London Sport in providing access to physical activity. While his journey to marathon running may be relatively new, Rob’s dedication to making a positive impact is unwavering. By running for London Sport, Rob aims to contribute to their mission of transforming lives through sports, ensuring that all individuals, regardless of background, have the opportunity to lead healthy and active lives. Rob believes that by coming together as a community and supporting each other, we can create a more inclusive and equitable society, where everyone has the chance to thrive.

Rob’s marathon journey is a testament to the power of individual action in creating meaningful change. By running for London Sport, he exemplifies the spirit of community and solidarity, demonstrating that everyone can play a part in building a healthier and more equitable society. Rob’s commitment inspires us all to take action and make a difference in our communities, one step at a time.

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Michael Tilley

Michael’s journey to the London Marathon 2024 is rooted in his lifelong experience witnessing the positive impact of sports and physical activity in London. Having lived in the city his entire life, Michael has seen firsthand how participation in sports can positively influence individuals and communities. However, despite his deep appreciation for the benefits of an active lifestyle, Michael acknowledges that his own fitness has taken a downturn recently. Inspired by his personal experiences and the desire to reclaim his fitness journey, Michael sees the London Marathon as an opportunity for personal growth and improvement.

Growing up, access to sports played a pivotal role in Michael’s personal development and well-being. Now, he aims to pay it forward by supporting initiatives that provide similar opportunities for others. Through his participation in the London Marathon, Michael hopes to raise awareness and funds for London Sport, an organisation dedicated to improving access to sports and physical activity for underserved communities in the city.

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Each runner’s story embodies resilience, empowerment, and a commitment to making a positive impact through the London Marathon 2024. Together, they represent a diverse range of experiences and motivations, united by a common goal: to support London Sport in their mission to improve access to sports and physical activity for underserved communities in London. As they lace up their shoes and hit the streets of London, these runners inspire us all to embrace the power of sports in transforming lives and building stronger, healthier communities.

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