Behind the scenes

2022 London Marathon team raise over £18,000

In total, our team of nine London Marathon runners raised £18,272.95 to support Big Issue vendors. 

It’s exhausting just to watch from the comfort of your sofa but in October thousands of people took part in the London Marathon. Among the hordes were some dedicated souls running for The Big Issue Foundation.

In total, our team of nine runners raised £18,272.95 to support Big Issue vendors. 

We caught up with some of them to find out what it was like – and why they wanted to support The Big Issue Foundation.

Jenny

“As a social worker with children and families on the front line, I often see first-hand how people are affected by austerity cuts and the cost-of-living crisis. And I often see how benefits do not stretch very far and how close people are to poverty, homelessness and mental ill health.

“During the race I was really struck by the diversity of runners, with people of all ages and abilities running. It was so inspiring and emotional to see. Thank you to The Big Issue Foundation for this amazing experience!”

Annie

“I enjoyed seeing signs like: ‘Pain is just bread in French’ and: ‘You’re running faster than my gas bill’ but there was one moment when a woman just ahead of me starting walking, shaking her head and crying very close to the end, but what seemed to be a complete stranger just behind her scooped her up and was like: ‘I’ve been using you as my pacer since mile six and I don’t plan on stopping now, come on’!”

Matt

“Seeing that finish line is incredible and I’m happy to admit that it nearly brought a tear to my eye when I crossed the line and had a medal hung around my neck.

“We have the most amazing Big Issue vendor Kev in Winchester, where I live. He always brightens up the day by telling jokes and playing his guitar. I believe no one in this country should be homeless and The Big Issue offers a great route back into society. 

“The Foundation does excellent work in supporting the vendors and I’m happy I’ve raised some awareness for the work they do. I honestly couldn’t have picked a better charity to run for.”

Joshua

‘It’s an incredible experience knowing that your achievement and pain will benefit many people who are in need of support more than ever.

“I have been a huge fan of The Big Issue for many years and have supported it by buying the magazine regularly and now have a subscription since Covid.”

Thinking about taking on the London Marathon in future? Runner Alex has some parting words.

“Do it. Enter the ballot. Apply for a space with a charity close to your heart. Whatever, just go for it. And don’t just take my word for it – speak to anyone who’s run London and they’ll say the same – it’s sort of going to be up there in the best days of your life. Which always sounds pretty good to me.”

All our places in the physical race are now full for 2023 however we have a limited number of places in the virtual event – secure your place today by clicking here.

Marathon not your thing? Check out what other events you can take part in to support Big issue vendors by clicking here.

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