Trainee Solicitor Olivia Holden will be taking on the famous 26.2 mile route through London with the aim of raising in excess of £1,000. Olivia was lucky enough to be selected to run on her first attempt at applying for a spot. She has been training hard, with her favourite training route beginning and ending in Pittville Park. Despite picking up an injury in March, Olivia is making good progress with her training and is hoping to complete the route in under five hours.
Business & Innovation Magazine wishes her well. Completing the London Marathon is a huge achievement, especially for amateur runners. Many column inches are dedicated to the runners every year, but few of us really appreciate the months of commitment, dedication and self-motivation needed to become fit enough in the run-up to the marathon itself.
Olivia, who is in her final seat of her training contract and plans to qualify into BPE’s Commercial Property team, is running to raise money specifically for the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Cheltenham. The hospice has 16 in-patient beds and is the only facility of its kind in the county.
Olivia said: “Running the iconic London Marathon is going to be a real challenge but I am excited to take this on. Training has been going well and I feel confident that I will complete the course in a good time. I hope that my fundraising makes a real difference to the people who go to Sue Ryder Hospice.”
Matthew Reay, Senior Community Fundraiser at Leckhampton Court Hospice, said: “This year we have nine incredible runners taking on what is arguably the most iconic Marathon of them all in aid of Leckhampton Court, Gloucestershire’s only inpatient hospice.
“Olivia is a huge part of that team and has been pounding the streets for many months now getting some serious miles under her belt ready for Sunday 28 April. I’ve even had the privilege to run with Olivia on a few training runs so know how much effort and dedication she’s put in to completing what is a massive personal challenge and one that means a lot to her.
“It costs £10,000 a day to support all the hospice services so every penny Olivia raises will help ensure our Sue Ryder nurses, doctors, care team, support staff and family support team can be there for local families when it matters, giving expert and compassionate palliative and bereavement support. Everyone here at the hospice is right behind Olivia and will be every step of the 26.2 miles.”
To help Olivia achieve her fundraising goal, please visit her fundraising page here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=holden-1441196-jil&pageUrl=1