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Why I'm Running The London Marathon

Why I'm Running The London Marathon

Third time lucky!

Hey, I’m George, a Trainee Clinical Psychologist for the NHS, and I’m delighted to be running the 2021 London Marathon for International Medical Corps.

Believe it or not, this is the third time that I've prepared for the London Marathon. Back in 2019, just two weeks before the event, I ruptured my Achilles tendon and had to pull out. To say I was frustrated and upset would be an understatement.

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Thankfully, International Medical Corps UK deferred my place to the 2020 marathon, and, in a moment that will always stay with me, International Medical Corps supporters from across the world reached out to wish me a speedy recovery

Then, in March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic effects were only just beginning to be felt in the UK, the London Marathon was at first postponed before being, understandably, cancelled. As odd as it may sound, in that moment, the marathon took on even more importance to me. I knew that if I were ever to run through central London with people cheering me on, it would mean that the country was in a much better place with COVID-19. At times, this thought kept me going as I witnessed my NHS colleagues on the frontlines of the pandemic working tirelessly to battle the pandemic as best they could.

As I think it did for many people, the pandemic made me both appreciate the healthcare services that we have available in the UK, and wish there were more services available—to every person who needed them. It also meant that, when it was confirmed that the London Marathon would be going ahead in October, I was excited at the prospect of raising money for a charity that works across the world to bring healthcare services to people in places where no healthcare services existed before. And International Medical Corps does this in even the most challenging of environments—from Afghanistan to Venezuela, from Syria to the Philippines, their teams are there, relieving suffering and restoring health and hope.

Just like my NHS colleagues, International Medical Corps' teams don’t pass judgement. They just go to work, every day, to do whatever they can to help people in need. Simply put, that’s who I’m running for—I’m running to raise money for the selfless health heroes across the world whose compassion and dedication was never more evident than in the last 18 months plus.

If you're in a position to support me in this celebration of health heroes for what will be a very special marathon, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks so much.

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