London Marathon runners in support of Devon Air

This Sunday, the 23rd April 2017, one of the world’s most prolific events in the fundraising calendar, the London Marathon, is back for its 37th year. UK applications for ballot places reached a record this year at over 250,000.

With limited places, available for this year’s London Marathon Devon Air Ambulance are proud of their supporters who have secured a place and extremely grateful to them for choosing to raise funds.

Mike Leworthy, Sidmouth

As the lead front end developer for running at Pro:Direct Sport Mike was allocated a place in the marathon through his employment. This will be Mike’s first marathon and he has chosen to support both Devon Air Ambulance and MacMillan Cancer Support, two charities close to his and his girlfriend, Amy’s, heart.

Mike added “I chose the Air Ambulance as we do a lot of walking and running in the countryside and it makes me feel a little better knowing that the Air Ambulance would be there if we needed it. Anything that I can do to help that thought makes me feel better.”

Mike has kept an online blog throughout his training, you can read his blog at: http://www.mikeleworthy.co.uk/i-am-going-to-be-running-the-virgin-london...

To sponsor Mike go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mike-leworthy

Michelle Bee, Seaton

Michelle had secured her ballot place for the 2016 London Marathon, but following injury had to defer. Now fighting fit Michelle has been training hard, in all weathers, and is ready for the challenge. The training plan started at Christmas and involved running 3 times a week plus a cross training “Body Pump” class to strengthen the core muscles.

Michelle won’t be running alone as her husband Jim also won a ballot place for this year. As the marathon has approached and the evenings have drawn out they’ve enjoyed running in daylight during the evenings.

Michelle added “It had always been an ambition of mine to run the London Marathon since I was a teenager after watching my Dad run it 3 times in the 80’s.  I entered in 2014 but despite following a training plan and putting in the miles I suffered on the day with heat, thirst and exhaustion and was disappointed with my time of 5 hours. It’s been lovely being able to run the long runs with my husband Jim and we plan to run together on the big day aiming for 4 ½ hours.”

To support Michelle Bee https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michelle-Bee

Andrew Tye, Plymouth

Andrew is a third-year student paramedic at Plymouth University, he completed his student elective placement in prehospital care and spent some time with the crew of Devon Air Ambulance. With great respect for the service and the lifesaving treatment they provide, Andrew hopes to become a Critical Care Paramedic with Devon Air Ambulance in the future.
When Andrew won, his ballot place he didn’t hesitate to choose Devon Air Ambulance as his chosen charity, he added “My placement with DAAT really demonstrated the amazing things they can do in support of front line road ambulance crews. Without the life-saving interventions and rapid transport they provide, patients would be at a great disadvantage.”
To support Andrew, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AndyTye

Fran Frost, Somerset

Fran is a cardiac rehab nurse based in Taunton and has been to witness to many cardiac patients who have been rapidly taken to hospital via helicopter. Fran  chose to support Devon Air Ambulance after her family friend and leader of her local running group, Jim White, was airlifted after he collapsed whilst out running.
Fran added “I am running the London Marathon in memory of Jim White, a truly inspirational man who loved to run and encourage others to join him. The Devon Air Ambulance gave him the best chance possible to survive when he collapsed running, with the best care and rapid transfer to hospital.”

Jim sadly passed away later in hospital.

To sponsor Fran go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Fran-Frost

Devon Air Ambulance Fundraising Director Caroline Creer added “We’re aware of the hard work our supporters put into their training, the London Marathon is no mean feat, and we are extremely grateful to our runners for choosing to support Devon Air Ambulance. We would like to wish them the best of luck for the day and we hope they accomplish their running time targets.”

Devon Air Ambulance runners will be proudly sporting a Devon Air Ambulance running vest so give them a cheer if you see them! Devon Air Ambulance wish them all the best of luck!