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#TEAMKIDNEY smashes it at the London Marathon

#TEAMKIDNEY smashes it at the London Marathon by Rosie Loft

29 April 2019

#TEAMKIDNEY took on the Virgin Money London Marathon in style on Sunday, with 65 runners completing the 26.2 mile course and raising over £135,000 for Kidney Research UK.

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Keith Willis Marathon Runner

“We couldn’t be more proud of our runners, they go above and beyond for our cause,” said Marc Stowell, Director of Fundraising and Communications for the charity.

“This year we had 65 runners with just 123 working kidneys between them – some living with one kidney after receiving a transplant, three having donated a kidney,” he continued. “Many were running in tribute to loved ones living with kidney disease, whilst some were running in memory of loved ones they have lost.”

“All have trained for months - thank you to them all for their efforts raising this incredible amount which will help us fund quality research which will ultimately transform lives.”

Transplant patient makes incredible time

Martin Belzunce was our first runner across the finish line in an incredible time – just three hours and 20 seconds. Originally from Argentina but now living in London, imaging engineer Martin had a kidney transplant four years ago.

“I wanted to run London to show that the kidney transplant won’t stop me achieving things,” he explained. “I completed the Manchester marathon last year, but this was the first time I have run the London marathon. I’m hoping to raise even more money now I’ve completed it.”

Kidney consultant straight back to clinic

Dr Ian Logan
Dr Ian Logan - marathon runner

Second past the post for Kidney Research UK was Newcastle kidney consultant Dr Ian Logan. He completed the run in three hours, 24 minutes and 59 seconds. Remarkably, he headed back to Newcastle the same day as the marathon to see some of his home dialysis patients in his clinic and was back again in the clinic on Monday morning at 8am.

Ian understands more than anyone why raising money to fund kidney disease research is so important as he sees the impact this cruel disease has on his patients every day. “I’m a keen sportsman and will also be completing the Ride100 cycle ride in the summer for Kidney Research UK, as well as swimming the Serpentine,” he says.

After making it down the Mall to cross the finish line, the runners had the chance to meet Beanie, the Kidney Research UK mascot. They enjoyed a post-run massage and refuelled on pasta with their family and friends at the charity’s post-run reception.

Inspired to take on the 2020 London Marathon for Kidney Research UK? You can register your interest here.

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