Last weekend our MD Ben Wright ran the London Marathon, raising much needed funds for Airwright Midland’s ‘Charity of the Year’, Scope.

Scope is a charity that exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else, and they provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year.

The fundraising efforts started a few months ago, with staff, family and friends all getting involved. We even held a fundraising evening, with all proceeds going towards Ben’s fundraising total. So far we’ve raised a fantastic £2,611.48 plus £645.37 in Gift Aid!

We are so proud of Ben’s achievement on Sunday, with a fantastic finish time of 3:11:32. Ben trained hard to try to achieve a sub-3 hour finish time, but the heat on the day (2018’s London Marathon was the hottest on record, at 23 degrees), added 9% on to Ben’s time.   Although Ben unfortunately didn’t reach his personal target, we are all super-impressed with the finish time he did achieve, His finishing place was no 2055!

Here are a few fun facts about the 2018 London Marathon:

  • 40,382 people were on the gruelling 26.2-mile run, 1,242 more than last year’s record high.
  • Eliud Kipchop of Kenya won the men’s elite race as the Olympic champion won the London Marathon for the third time 2:04.17
  • Mo Farah’s broke the British record time in elite men’s race Britain’s Mo Farah finished third with a time of 2:06.21
  • Kathrine Virginia “Kathy” Switzer is an American marathon runner, author, and television commentator. In 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. During her run, race official Jock Semple attempted to stop Switzer and grab her official bib; however, he was shoved to the ground by Switzer’s boyfriend, Thomas Miller, who was running with her, and she completed the race. It was not until 1972 that women were officially allowed to run the Boston Marathon, but on Sunday she took part in the London Marathon, aged 71, and finished in 04:44:49!
  • John Starbrook is the oldest person to run this year’s London Marathon at the age of 87

And finally, we just wat to say a big thank you to the following companies who’ve supported Ben’s fundraising efforts:

  • Billesley Manor Spa, Stratford upon Avon
  • Westway Nissan
  • Stoneway Estates
  • Done and Dusted
  • Kaye Stewart at Destin Hair and Beauty Redditch
  • David Lloydleisure
  • Make up by Laura Jayne

Thanks to everyone else who contributed a raffle prize, or sponsored Ben via his JustGiving page.  If you are interested in supporting Scope, you can donate here: