Team EB run London
For some members of Team EB it was a family affair, with parents running alongside children. But for all, the person who got them through the rain-soaked course was the loved one taken by epilepsy.
EB trustee Roger Scrivens, from Alton, Hants, said the event also enabled him to achieve his personal goal of finishing in under an hour. Roger, who ran with his wife Sandie, said: “The London 10K went well for me despite the weather. I achieved my Holy Grail by completing it in 59m 35s. Sandie beat me by doing it in 56m 30s.”
James Igoe, from Redditch, Worcs, ran with his wife Lesley, son Adam and daughter-in-law Louise, in memory of his daughter Yvonne, whose photo appeared on the back of their t-shirts. “It took Adam 57 mins, Louise 1hr 8mins, and my wife and I, 1hr 28mins. It was a good day – the weather was just right for running, but we did get a bit wet.
“The crowds were brilliant and the other runners really kept us going.”
Lesley added: “Yvonne never let her seizures stop her from doing anything. She loved snowboarding, scuba diving and went to loads of music festivals including Glastonbury, but the one thing she hated was running so she would have found it really funny that we did the 10K. “We enjoyed the race apart from the rain, but even that didn’t dampen spirits, at least we got a medal this year at the end of the race. Other runners were really supportive and one even took the time to find our Virgin money giving page to donate. We are just blown away by people’s generosity.”
Cathrine Wilcox, of Rushden, Northants, who ran in memory of her sister Karen Sheridan, said: “I was glad to take part for EB in memory of Karen. I really enjoyed it, apart from the rain.”
Kirstyn Short, from Solihull, West Midlands, who ran for her brother Lloyd said: “It was good to see so many people running for charities – in fact it was quite humbling.”