Congratulations and a massive thank you to our four runners Daniel Kidane, Jasmin Rodgman, Craig Swan and Jane Flower who took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 8 October and have raised to date an impressive total of £1,290.
It was a beautiful sunny autumnal day in the Royal Parks and this year saw the Royal Parks Half Celebrate their 10th birthday #10YearsRunning. The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. This year Ben Fogle, Fatboy Slim, newsreader Emily Maitlis and Jo Whiley were some of the famous faces running the 13.1 miles on Sunday morning, alongside approximately 16,000 runners including a troupe of morris dancers, a telephone box and a pair of stormtroopers.
The award-winning picturesque charity run is a fun and challenging event which is an important fundraising date in our calendar to raise vital funds for Help Musicians UK. Last year we supported over 2,500 musicians. This year’s runners have helped us support even more musicians by taking part in London’s biggest half marathon.
We have since caught up with our runners who all really enjoyed the experience …
I am in agony today but it was totally worth it! I did the run in 1:47 which I was pretty pleased with – the atmosphere was beautiful and I was honoured to run for you guys. I suffer from EUPD and hypermanic bipolar 2 and the last few months have been an extremely difficult time. Yesterday felt like a good way to draw a line under the past and move on. It’s an amazing thing knowing there are people like Help Musicians who understand and are available to help. Just existing is a huge help to many people I am sure. Next time I hope to raise significantly more as I don’t plan on being in and out of hospital for the foreseeable future!
- Craig Swan.
Always happy to support Help Musicians UK and the great work that they do :-) All the very best to you and the team!
- Dan Kidane, Composer. This was Dan’s second time running for HMUK.
Jane Flower ran in memory of Bob Armstrong who passed away on 21 June 2017. Bob was a professional drummer and most respected teacher and taught many of the UK’s finest players.
Bob has been such an inspiration to so many people so I want to raise as much money as I can in his memory which is with his wife’s blessing. Music is also such a part of my life and the work the charity does is so fantastic and worthwhile.
- Jane Flower.
I didn’t beat my personal best but it was such a beautiful day for the half and the crowd were great! It was such a pleasure running and raising for you guys.
- Jasmin Kent Rodgman, Composer & Associate Producer.