A terrific team of 29 runners will be taking on this year’s 26.2 mile long Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April 2019 aiming to raise around £40,000 combined for Ability Bow.
Featuring runners from as far as Japan and China (alongside more local competitors from Bow and across London), the 2019 event will showcase Ability Bow runners’ commitment to raising at least £1,350 each for our disabilities and long-term health conditions charity.
Emowering participants to run since 2008, Ability Bow has seen almost 300 people run for our charity since we formed in April 2006 through director and founder, Victoria Kent.
Take a look below at what you need to know for the big day!
Our magnificent marathon squad
Ranging from first-timers for our service to more experienced marathon runners, our 29-strong squad features a fantastic array of competitors from all backgrounds.
One such runner is Japan-based Koji Noda - an experienced athlete who’s already notched up 11 runs - who just 10 years ago experienced a dramatic accident when he was struck by a car at a pedestrian crossing before being rushed immediately to hospital by ambulance.
While his injuries at the time were not life-threatening, Koji - who has competed within the Abbott World Marathon Majors series - encountered a serious blood clot in his left leg which left him unable to walk for a year.
However, similar to our members, Koji was able to work on his recovery and committed to learning to walk again and even more impressively, running, after an 18 month rehabilitation period.
Meanwhile another entrant a little closer to our Ability Bow service - located in east London beside the historic Roman Road known for the pioneering Suffragette movement - is Leanne Ackrell, who is running in honour of her father, who lives with Guillain-Barre syndrome (and has recovered to learn to walk again with consistent rehabilitation).
Leanne, 34 - who lives in Bow - is running for our service as part of her dual commitment to conquering the London Classic Challenge this year (which will also see Leanne to aim to compete in the Prudential RideLondon for us in July and a separate aim of participating in the Serpentine Swim) and in her keenness to promote awareness of Guillan-Barre (a rare disorder which affects the body’s immune system and nerves).
Leanne says: “My father was paralysed to the shoulders and took months of rehab to walk again, which was extremely hard, as he was an incredibly active man; always running and coaching football.”
Thank you to our 2019 team
We couldn’t provide our service without our invaluable supporters such as our London Marathon runners. This year’s team in full (which also features repeat runners Jennifer Walker and William Burbridge-James) also includes:
- Alexia Cambon
- Anita Evenden
- Grace Ranola
- Hina Nabi
- Jacky Green
- James Aylett
- Jennifer Walker
- Jun Zeng
- Katie Gorman
- Kerry Clark
- Koji Noda
- Leanne Ackrell
- Li Yeubing
- Malcolm Pritchard
- Maxwell Tipper
- Michael Doherty
- Michelle Woolley
- Naomi Erskine
- Neil Gilbert
- Nicola Stripp
- Oliver Slot
- Rachel Lommerzheim
- Shakil Miah
- Srikrishna Gutta
- Subo Li
- Weihong Zhong
- William Burbridge-James
- Yanmei Xu
- Yunfeng Gong
Advice and support for runners
If you’re a runner and would like to get some top tips on final preparations for marathon day:
Who our team are running for
Spectators...where you can cheer us along on the day
Situated at mile 17 en-route, our cheering squad will be there to support our runners beside the Lord Nelson pub on Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs from 11am (for early birds)/11:30am approximately.
How to get there
To plan your route to the venue (the full address is 1 Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3BD), you can use the TFL site: https://tfl.gov.uk/ or Google Maps by putting in your start from home and destination details at mile 17.
The nearest train service is the Docklands Light Railway at Island Gardens which is based a short 5 minute walk from our cheering spot.
If you're attending to cheer...
Think you’d like to attend? If you’re able to gather with our cheering squad on the day, you can enjoy our nice informal get together which will include:
- A nice social chat/get together with our Ability Bow supporters – including our members and trustees and staff (as well as the potential to meet other family and friends of runners supporting them on the day)
- A chance to cheer, make noise and keep track of the runners as they go past
- Take pictures on the day at the event
What to wear on the day
Ideally green and purple would be great (and we will have some Ability Bow vests and t-shirts on the day for you to choose from - and if you’ve got your own already then feel free to wear it on the day again).
But, we are obviously totally happy for you to turn up and wear what you’d like on the day.
Alongside what to wear on the day, we’re also mindful of the weather which could dictate proceedings.
While it is not predicted to rain throughout the day, according to the BBC Weather page for postcode E14, there is currently predicted to be light cloud with a moderate breeze with temperatures peaking at 13 degrees celsius.
We will have limited Ability Bow rain jackets on the day, but please use your discretion regarding weather-specific clothing/items (also including sunglasses/sunscreen if the weather becomes balmy!).
The nearest refreshment areas are Garden’s Food and Wine London and Docklands Food & Wines stores nearby (you can search for and find them via Google/Google Maps).
**Please refrain from drinking alcohol at the cheering point on the day and please consume only light drinks/beverages.**
If you can’t attend (but would like to keep updated on the day)…
Can’t attend on the day? Not to worry - take a look at the various ways you can keep on top of the Virgin Money London Marathon below!
Watch at specific parts of the route
If you can’t make it into central London, keep an eye on course and marathon day event info on the London Marathon Spectator Info page (listed below).
Watch and listen to TV & radio coverage
You can also catch the marathon via BBC TV and radio coverage - as well as via the BBC Sport website and red button - on the day.
All the best to everyone involved and we hope to see as many of you on the day as we can!