Jo Shaw was one of our six Gold Bond team members for the 2013 Virgin London Marathon.
Jo said she was so glad she was able to run for the EPT. Jo told us she got a lot of support from the EPT through the phone calls she had with us when she had her ectopic pregnancy in 2011. We are so grateful to Jo for her immense fundraising efforts, to see her VMG page please click here. On the day of the marathon, Jo was supported by her friends, Sarah and Lee, and her mum, Jennie. Lee brought goodies- a fruit bar, chocolate and water!
And Sarah met Jo at 20 miles with cream cakes to inspire her to the end, what a great friend! Jo’s mum was on the Embankment but they missed each other until the finish – she helped Jo hobble home.
After the event Jo told us, “I am still in one piece although it may take some time for my left hamstring to be on full speaking terms with me!”Jo said she had a brilliant time. She ran the Loch Ness Marathon in 2008 which was great, but, she said: “London was something else. The support almost all the way round was amazing and so inspirational. The crowds were great, the sweets, fruit, water and encouraging words really did make all the difference. I will never again feel shy about shouting out the names of complete strangers as they run/jog/walk/lurch past me on a run like this.” Jo met some great people during this year’s race, and the level of support from among the participants was fantastic.
Sadly, Jo heard some terrible news the day before she ran the marathon; family friends in the USA tragically lost their son, Stephen Clifford, who was 24 in a road accident. Stephen was knocked over and killed in New York on Friday night/Saturday morning. Jo decided she would like to run the marathon the following day in his memory holding him and his family in her heart, which his family very much appreciated, particularly as Stephen was due to race his first half marathon on Sunday 21st April (the same day as the VLM) for his former college. Jo said: “Every time it really hurt on Sunday I thought of the Cliffords and it helped spur me on. Stephen was a lovely, intelligent, kind and fantastic young man, terrific brother and wonderful son. He is truly missed.” We would also like to extend our sincere condolences to Stephen’s family at this very sad time.
Our congratulations to Jo and to our other Gold Bond team members for their amazing achievement.
If you would like to read about what motivated them or to sponsor them just click on the above links. Your sponsorship will be put to very good use, delivering the EPT services.
If reading Jo’s account has inspired you to do something, click on the events button to the right of the screen and see if there’s something you fancy doing and raising funds for us. You can also read more about what others have done to support us in our fundraisers diary.