Posted on: 20/4/18

Our 14 runners are from across the UK and countries around the world, including Thailand, Dubai, New York and Ecuador.

Here’s a shout out to this year’s team – Simon Elliott, Timothy Corfield, Ieuan Marsh, Wellerson Ribeiro, Melanie Carriedo, Les Redwood, David Reid, Sarinthip Chansawatkit, Max Powles, Andrews Garzon, Stephen Girling, Asher Girling, Michelle Gonzalez and Carlos Loaiza.

Meet some of our runners

Two of our runners tell us more about their marathon journey and why they decided to join Team Lepra.

Melanie Carriedo

What inspired you to run the London Marathon? 

“After running my first marathon in Dubai in 2017, it was my strong desire to explore and run at least 5 major world marathons and the first on my list is London. Aside from ticking off one of my running bucket list, I want my first major marathon to be a special one. Something that I will never forget and will definitely create an unforgettable memory, and I couldn’t think of a better one than the London Marathon.”

Why did you choose to run for Lepra?

“Lepra created an impact on me when I learnt about the charity's vision which is to help people suffering from leprosy worldwide. The vision touched my heart because I came from a province in the Philippines where the world's largest leprosy colony in 1931 used to be based. Running the London Marathon will be a very rewarding experience for me as I will be helping a charity that has a very special place in my heart.”

Max Powles

Max first had contact with Lepra as a Grants Manager on the governments Global Poverty Action Fund, within which we were running a project to improve leprosy services in Bangladesh. Two years later he is running with Team Lepra to take on the London Marathon.

“I was thoroughly impressed with the dedication and passion of their staff and the impact their project was having on a disease that causes such lifelong hardship when not treated early on. Although not working in development any longer, it felt right to run for an organisation where I knew the funds raised would support their great work on an issue often ignored and misunderstood. I was therefore over the moon when successful to run for Lepra in the London Marathon.”

Why run the London Marathon?

“I began running in 2008 when I was 18 to help control my weight and sugar levels as a diabetic. Having always struggled to run more than 10 miles, last year some colleagues set a challenge to run the Richmond Half Marathon which fortunately went well and the great feeling inspired me to push onto the next challenge of a full marathon. As such a special iconic event the London Marathon seemed a natural next step and surely something every runner in the UK thinks about as the ultimate race to be completed at least once. The marathon also provides a platform to run for a great cause as well.”

Inspired to take on the challenge?

Do you think you have what it takes to run the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019? Register your interest today to run with Team Lepra next year.

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