A team of 120 runners took part in the 2021 Virgin London Marathon, 3rd October 2021, raising life-saving funds for Meningitis Research Foundation as part of #TeamMRF. The 26.2 mile takes participants through the heart of London in a world-famous route, with our very own MRF cheer point at Mile 20. Together, participants have raised over £200,000 in support of a world free from meningitis.
Ryan Ward, 25, who ran for #TeamMRF in memory of his brother Graham
, said before the race: “The atmosphere in London is unbelievable; the number of people clapping carries you forward. My parents and sister and her boyfriend are coming to watch and that will be a big boost for the run. And I know Graham would be proud, so that will carry me forward too.”
The race of 3rd October 2021 was the first in-person London Marathon event since 2019, as COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 race. Participants were invited to run in-person or, if preferable, to complete in a “virtual London Marathon” route at home. The MRF Cheer Team was reduced to accommodate social distancing where possible.
Sean Brady, who took part after surviving meningitis himself, said the event was “an absolutely incredible day with so many incredible charities represented and raising funds. I have battled meningitis and now proved to myself I’m fit enough again, so my personal battle has now finally finished… Now it’s time to go to war for others against meningitis!”
Applications are now open to take part in the 2022 TCS London Marathon for Meningitis Research Foundation, which will take place 2nd October 2022: https://www.meningitis.org/shop/events/tcslm2022