London Marathon

The Virgin Money London Marathon 2017

Date: 23 April 2017 - London


The London Marathon course is flat and fast. It starts in Blackheath, heads east through Charlton and Woolwich for three miles, turns west and passes the Cutty Sark in Greenwich after six to seven miles. It crosses the River Thames at Tower Bridge and then loops around the east end of London, past Canary Wharf in Docklands, before heading west again along the Highway and the Embankment to Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace.

Thank you to the five fantastic runners who ran the London Marathon for us in 2016, and helped to raise vital funds to support our work.

We are very pleased to introduce our runners for 2017. You can read more about our runners and their motivation to support our charity below.  If you would like to show your support then you can do so safely and securely by clicking through to their respective Just Giving page. Many thanks for any suppport you are able to provide.

Nicholas Sermon

Nicholas Sermon London Marathon runner

Running my second marathon is very exciting after doing Brighton in 2016 and doing it with the BDA in London is fantastic. Being Dyslexic myself I want to support those who might be finding things difficult in realising their goals. School was hard for me but I have gone on to receive three graduate qualifications in the Arts and had a successful career in teaching.
Running the London Marathon will give me a chance to raise awareness and ensure that we build on the fantastic work achieved so far by the BDA and act as inspiration for others who think things are just too hard.
You can support Nicholas through his JustGiving page here.


Tess Wisbey

I have decided to fundraise for BDA because of the journey I have experienced getting my son diagnosed, which many of you will know involves much more than the testing. Nobody explained that self-esteem, disorganisation, difficultly in cultivating personal relationships and understanding emotions would all play a part. My son simply deserves enough help to make his educational opportunities equal to others.
BDA support families to understand the personal challenges of their loved one which can be complex, but without it I would be left with an anxious, isolated and distressed little boy. This will be my first marathon and training will have to fit in around a full--time job and family needs but I’m great at multi-tasking. Every step I take will reflect just how tough others find the classroom, workplace and personal life because of their Dyslexia on a daily basis. Any support you can give lets me know others out there care and will keep me going through those long runs.
You can support Tess through her JustGiving page here, or you can visit her blog here.

Miranda Holmes

I will be running for the British Dyslexia Association. I have always wanted to take part in this race and I think it will be great confidence booster. The charity I am running for is doing great work for a fab cause and it is a condition that I myself suffer with. Although dyslexia is not an illness or life threatening it can be quite a hard thing to live with and often comes with low self asteem so I want to run to show that anything is possible, even if you do get your D's and your B's mixed up. Thank you for the support.
You can support Miranda through here JustGiving page here.

Barry Frost

As Head at Nunnykirk, I'm raising awareness and funds for both the BDA, who are providing my place in the London Marathon, and our school. The first £1,500 raised will go to BDA, anything more to Nunnykirk.
I'm aiming to train, mostly over the beautiful Northumberland hills, averaging around 50km per week or 250km per month.
You can support Barry through his JustGiving page here.

Kelly-Anne Jarvis

Besides the fact I'm a bit of a fitness freak and wanted the physical challenge. I am running 26miles to help raise money for the British Dyslexia Association.

The BDA helps to encourage schools to work towards becoming dyslexia-friendly and helps to enable dyslexic people to achieve their potential.

No one should ever let dyslexia prevent them from being able to achieve. You can still achieve amazing grades and success with learning difficulties such as Dyslexia. BDA provides opportunities to share and support this.

Thank you for any support you can offer to this fantastic charity.

You can support Kelly-Anne through her JustGiving page here.


Chris Irvine

I am running the 2017 Virgin London Marathon for British Dyslexia Association because I want to raise awareness of the condition. The marathon presents a significant challenge to me. Every donation provides me with an extra dose of motivation. 26.2 miles represents a challenge to anybody,  but at over 20 stone, it's a significant ask of my body and mind- made that little bit easier as my fundraising total increases!

You can support Chris through his JustGiving page here.