Why I’m running the London Marathon for charity (and how you can help)

Running a marathon is challenging. There are months of training required, and when you’re running a spring marathon, like London, that means the added fun of winter training – dark, cold, rain, wind, snow (this year there’s been LOTS of snow). Running for a charity gives your training purpose; you know that an organization is counting on you to make a difference.

Who I’m running for 

This year I am running the London Marathon for the Ron Pickering Memorial Foundation, RPMF, (aka, Run4Ron). My team, the Dennos Ronners, are 12 men and women, all joining together to raise £15,000. Some of us are seasoned marathoners, while others are taking on their first marathon. Donate to our team.

What makes RPMF so special?

The RPMF is a small, but mighty charity that supports many of Britain’s most talented young athletes with financial grants each year to get the right coaching, training and nutrition to help them reach their Olympic ambitions. Helping talented athletes reach their Olympic dreams is one small way I can pay back the running community that’s given me so much.

RAFFLE FUNDAISER  (Prizes to win) 

To help support my fundraising, a number of generous donors have gifted our team some EXCELLENT prizes, noted below.



  • £10 each
  • 6 tickets for £50 (1 extra entry)
  • 12 tickets for £100 (2 extra entries)


  • Make a donation on our team page by clicking on the link above and clicking “Donate”. You must list your name (and Instagram Handle or Twitter name) to be eligible to win (so we can contact you afterward).
  • The raffle is open until 14th April
  • Winners will be drawn on 15th April (one week prior to the London Marathon)

The Prizes: 

Absolutel 360

Absolute 360 Vouchers: https://www.absolute360.co.uk/

Absolute 360 produces technical clothing using Far infrared (FIR) therapy, which involves the use of far infrared rays to gently heal, soothe, stimulate and detox the body.

Balanced Osteopathy: https://www.balancedosteopathy.co.uk/

  • 1 30-minute sports massage

Balanced Osteo

Balanced Osteopathy provide Osteopathy and Sports Massage from its quiet treatment room in the heart of Clerkenwell EC1. Rebecca has worked her magic to keep me running over the past year, and her sport massages will loosen up any tight muscles.

Barrecore: https://www.barrecore.co.uk/

  • 3x class vouchers


Want a low-impact workout that strengthens and tones muscles? Barrecore is the answer. With a variety of class formats (Signature, HiiT, Asana, Stretch, Sculpt and more), Barrecore is a great complement to running. (Read my blog about how barrecore is a great complement to running)

Blow LTD: https://www.blowltd.com/

  • 2x £50 vouchers

blow ltd

blow LTD is the UK’s leader in beauty services on demand. Book blow dries, nails, massages and other services to your home, hotel or event or visit a blow beauty bar. Blow is open from 7am until late, seven days a week and all of their beauty professionals are hand-picked, tested and vetted, so you’re in great hands.

Crosstown Doughnuts: https://crosstowndoughnuts.com/

  • 2x vouchers for a dozen premium/seasonal box

Crosstown Doughnuts 2

Crosstown Doughnuts: hands down London’s BEST doughnuts. Scratch bakers specialising in sourdough doughnuts that are handmade fresh 365 days a year.

DigMe Fitness:  https://www.digmefitness.com/

  • 1 credit to Matrix class

Digme Fitness_Run Matrix

DigMe Fitness’ Matrix class is based on 3 principles: run, condition, move. Leveraging SkillMills, TRX, Kettlebells, and bodyweight exercises, you’ll get a high impact workout that challenges and improves your form (read my review on Matrix Run)

Hot Pod Yoga: https://hotpodyoga.com/uk/

  • 1x 5-class pack

Hot Pod Yoga

Hotpod Yoga classes offer a ‘real-life’ approach to hot yoga under an inflatable pod. This class has roots in vinyasa flow the 37 degree heat and ambiance will melt you deeper into your practice by warming muscles and aiding flexibility.  You’ll leave class feeling strong, refreshed and re-centered.

Liz Nehdi: https://www.liznehdi.com/

  • 2x Silk Eye masks
  • 2x Silk Notebooks

Liz Nehdi Studio brings an artist’s perspective to women’s apparel. With her designs, Liz aims to introduce a way of life that celebrates fun, creative expression, optimism, and the beautiful complexities of the global village in which we all live.

Also, Liz is giving supporters a discount to help fundraising efforts. Use the code MARATHON at LizNehdi.com to get 10% off your order and Liz will donate 10% to the RPMF.

London Cryo: https://www.londoncryo.com/ @londoncryo (Instagram)

  • 1x Cryotherapy session

London Cryo

Just 3 minutes at -140c for peak performance and recovery. That temperature triggers the release of epinephrine, endorphins and anti-inflammatory proteins to reduce injury and recover more quickly.

Nakd and Trek Bars https://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/

  • 3x boxes of Nakd and Trek goodies

Nakd Trek

Nakd are a young British company providing delicious healthy snacks. A favourite pre and post run/ workout snack for most of our friends and family. The haul provided has some of their most tasty flavours.

Profeet Custom: http://www.profeet.co.uk/

1 sports assessment, including:

  • Lower leg functional assessment
  • HD video gait analysis – hips, legs & feet
  • Dynamic foot pressure scanning
  • Functional & strength & conditioning exercises
  • Footwear fitting & selection
  • Analysis report
  • 100% customised insoles £124.95**


  • ** Custom insoles are an additional £124.95 for the 1st pair. Additional pairs at £99.96 per pair on the day. It may not be possible to finish more than one pair during an appointment. Custom insoles are covered by our comprehensive Fit Guarantee.

Protein World: https://www.proteinworld.com/shop/the-slender-plan.html    

  • 1 x 4-week Slender Plan Box


Protein World’s Slender Plan is designed to add structure to your weekly routine with products that are quick, easy and delicious. This box provides everything you need to reach your weight loss goals as well as ongoing support from nutritionists, and a 70 page guide with healthy habit tips.

The Running School:

  • 1x Biomechanical Analysis

Running School

The Running School has offered a 60-minute biomechanical analysis, during which they’ll analyse your running technique using video analysis as well as a Functional Movement Analysis to analyse your movement. Through that, they’ll help you identify any weaknesses and inefficiencies that could cause injury or prevent you from running faster.

Rymora Cushioned Compression Socks http://www.rymora.co.uk/our-mission/

  • 1 pair of socks (choice of 4 colours in 3 different sizes)

Rymora Compression socks

Rymora have set out to help active individuals with their performance through their fantastically designed compression wear. These can also be used for flights, pregnancy and work.

West Lab Salts:  https://westlabsalts.co.uk/

2x bundles each containing:

  • Epsom Muscle relief (1kg)
  • Reviving Epsom Salts
  • Muscle Spray
  • Reviving Bath Fizzer

Westlab salts

Westlab provides premium quality pure mineral salts designed to revive, repair, cleanse and soothe skin and muscles.

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