London Marathon

London Marathon


The Virgin Money London Marathon 2018

Date: 22 April 2018 - 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 and congratulations to the 11 fantastic runners below who ran the London Marathon 2018 for us. We were bowled over by their dedication and enthusiasm both in training and raising vital funds to support our work.

If you are interested in a London Marathon 2019 place or would like to find out other ways you can support the BDA and register your interest for future events, please contact us:

Robbie Webb

My name is Robbie Webb and I was born and live in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. I am 18 years old.

I always found school difficult and it was not until I moved to senior school that I found out I had dyslexia. I really struggled at senior school and didn't get the best GCSE results. 

I am now training to be a chef. Luckily, I have found a career that I love and get support and encouragement from people I work with and from my NVQ Assessor. It is good to feel like I fit in and am achieving something.

I will be running the London Marathon to raise money for this great cause to help support people going through the same struggles I went through.

It will also be a personal goal to achieve and will help me work towards a healthier lifestyle!

You can support Robbie through his JustGiving page here

Jenny Wheatley

My name is Jenny and I ran last year’s Brighton Marathon. I ran to raise both money and awareness of the struggles that dyslexics face.

My daughter, Jasmine, has dyslexia and she finds life so hard, especially at school.  She has come across bullying from both teachers and students, and I feel passionately that dyslexics are not slow or silly or stupid, but that they simply have a different way of learning to others. 

I am so excited to be running the London Marathon for the British Dyslexia Association and I hope to do both the charity and my family proud by raising lots of money and by getting round!!

You can support Jenny through her fundraising page here

Frances & Dewi

My name is Frances and I have dyslexia.

At school the only thing I was worse at than spelling was running. So deciding to run the London Marathon to raise awareness for the condition seemed like a sensible decision - at the time!  

As I am new to running I decided to rope my fiancé Dewi into help me complete the challenge – we are both very excited (and nervous).

So please help us help others with the condition. Who knows, your support might enable the next Albert Einstein (who was also dyslexic) to reach their potential.

Thanks so much for your support. It is going to be the only thing getting us out of bed on those cold, wet winter months!

To support Frances and Dewi, please visit their fundraising page here

Sarah Breslin

My name is Sarah & I'm a working mum of 2. My son and I are dyslexic, as are a number of my family members. 
I always found school hard and managed to bluff my way through it by playing the fool or writing in very small writing. 
It wasn't until I went to university at the age of 29, that I finally admitted to myself that maybe, just like my brother, I was dyslexic. However I only had my official diagnosis just last year. 

It took me years of hard work and tears combined with support from my husband to graduate through dental school. 
I didn't want that same struggle for my son so have fought at every stage to make sure he can achieve his full potential. 
I'm really looking forward to running the marathon again next year after such an amazing experience this year. I hope to try and raise awareness and lots of money for a great charity. 

To support Sarah's fundraising please visit her fundraising page here.

Harry Madgwick

I found out I was dyslexic at the age of 22. I was fortunate in that my shocking spelling and difficulty to order ideas in a sequential sequence did not stop me from graduating from university. 

However, learning about the way my mind works helped me understand new ways of planning projects and organising my thoughts. If we can offer this kind of support to children at an earlier age, there is no reason why they can't turn dyslexia into a positive attribute, filling top positions in many creative industries... rather than populating our prison cells. This is one of the pivotal reasons I became an English teacher, enabling me to support dyslexic pupils to fulfil their limitless potentials.

To support Harry's fundraising please visit his page.

Ben Walker

Hi, my name is Ben Walker. I was diagnosed when I was in year 2 at primary school. Being dyslexic was always tough as I felt testing and examinations throughout my education, have always heavily gone against the traits of someone who is dyslexic. Furthermore, I felt like I couldn't show my true skills or academic intelligence.

However, I found sport and realised where my true passion and skill lied. I have always been a good sportsman, playing hockey throughout my life and a plethora of other sports with hockey, such as running and wakebording. As I got older, I would always have tutoring and see a specialist dyslexia teacher. I was lucky enough to have the resources to do this. I never did amazing at school in regards to my results, and massively struggled with maths in particular. However, due to having the extra classes, I was able to go to Portsmouth University and get a 2:1.

My main reasons for running the marathon, is to raise money so more people can access the same resources as I did and successfully get through education with the help they need. 

Please visit Ben's fundraising page.

Amy Lisle

I was diagnosed as dyslexic at 15 and was told that I would not be able to pass any exams. With a lot of hard work and the right support, I passed all of my exams and am currently in my second year of University studying Psychology. 

After meeting and talking to a lot of people who were dyslexic and struggling with their education, it made me realise the lack of support and awareness there are in schools around the UK. It disheartens me to think of children that are currently struggling in school without receiving the right support they need.   

I'm very excited to be able to run my first marathon for such an amazing cause which supports dyslexics and their families as well as spreading awareness for learning difficulties, which are still very much misunderstood.

Every donation means so much and will help me get through the next few challenging months!

Please visit Amy's fundraising page

John Martin

One of my boys has severe dyslexia (as well as other learning difficulties) and has found school hard - but at last we found a great school with specialist help, including great support from the British Dyslexia Association.

He has to persevere to overcome his learning difficulties, so it seems appropriate to take up a big challenge myself to help raise funds and awareness for a great charity.

I will be working closely with his school in the run up (!) to the Marathon on 22nd April.

Please visit John's fundraising page.