Posted on 02/05/18

We had an amazing day on 22nd April cheering our runners, so we wanted to take some time to say a massive thank you to Team Lepra.

From having to train in the snow to running on one of the hottest days of the year so far, our team showed incredible dedication to running and to Lepra.

Team Lepra was made up of:

Simon Elliott, 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.

So far these incredible runners have raised over £25,000 to help beat leprosy! So thank you all.

We caught up with some of our runners after the race to hear more about their experiences running the London Marathon

Max Powles - We saw Max run past at mile 11 and he looked as if he hadn’t even been running. He had this to say after the marathon.

“I got to the point where I could run a half marathon quite easily, so I found the first half quite manageable. It was when I got to the second half that it started to get a bit harder, but the crowd, my family, friends and knowing about the funds I’d raised kept me going.
It’s almost like a carnival atmosphere and to have so many people cheering you on and calling your name for encouragement, it really helps. It was the best day of my life and when I finished the race, I felt a sense of relief because I’d done it and euphoria because of the support I had received from everybody.”


Les Redwood - Les bounced past us with excitement at mile 11 soaking in the atmosphere.

“Thank you to Olivia and all the amazing team at Lepra for all of your support during the fundraising for The London Marathon and for the fab cheering on the day - this really made all the difference to get over the line!! So glad I was able to run for such an amazing and worthy cause - many thanks Lepra!!"




Simon Elliot - This was Simon's second time running with Team Lepra and he shared an honest view of how tough the marathon can be

“I’ll be honest and say this was a real challenge this time, having had the privilege of doing the marathon before I was under no illusion as to how hard it was going to be, the training had gone well and I was raring to go but the weather on the day was unprecedented and in the end I was pleased to have made it round the course with my family there to cheer me on.
The support received from Lepra this year was fantastic and I think we all enjoyed the quiz evening together which also gave the charity an opportunity to meet some local professionals in the Suffolk area”

A massive thank you to everyone in Team Lepra for helping to beat leprosy! 

Could you run the 2019 London Marathon?

Our applications are now open for 2019 so sign up today to join team Lepra and help beat leprosy. 

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