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London Marathon Runners 2017

Congrats to this year’s Virgin London Marathon runners

Our phenomenal 13 athletes completed the Virgin London Marathon on behalf of Young Epilepsy. Our supporters who were part of the record breaking 40,000 runners, put on a purple vest to take on the tough 26.2 mile route through the capital.

Team Young Epilepsy Runners Stats:

Runner Finish time
Andy Gray 03:28:25
Caitlin McGreevy 05:38:27
Claudia Churchill 05:42:27
Diane Hallam 06:18:02
Elizabeth Arklie 05:56:27
Faye Waddams 06:39:08
Ian Price 04:43:21
Joseph Lannon 04:26:40
Julie Rosemary Stacey 05:42:27
Matty Panagopoulos 06:59:45
Oliver Quintin-Archard 03:59:11
Richie Lannon 03:48:24
Tim Hentschel 04:08:52


We are so thankful for our runners who put in a huge amount of time and energy to support us, we simply cannot do what we do without your support.

Read their stories

Richine Lannon - Running for Grace

Young Epilepsy fundraiser, Richie Lannon, shares why running the London Marathon 2017 is nothing compared to what his daughter has to go through everyday with her condition.

My name is Richie Lannon. I am a physiotherapist and father to my wonderful two-year-old daughter Grace. My wife and I really didn’t realise that one little person could bring so much joy to our lives.

November 2014 set in motion a series of events that would ultimately change our lives. Grace started to develop seizures; mild absences at first, becoming more severe and frequent. Various hospital admissions followed, with test upon test conducted to find a cause of these episodes. Multiple MRIs, blood tests, spinal taps. All this and more to a two-month-old just didn’t seem right.

On the seizures went with no working diagnosis obtained. In January 2015, the presentation of the seizures changed. Absences remained with the addition of sudden, rapid, tonic contractions of the trunk and limbs. We were told this was not good news. In March 2015, Grace was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms (West Syndrome).

What is West Syndrome? We certainly had never heard of it prior to Grace’s arrival. The internet/medical literature will tell you that it’s a severe form of epilepsy expressing a damaged brain, with sufferers commonly having varying degrees of developmental delay. As a parent it’s a constant fear, a helplessness that cannot be described, sleepless nights and ultimately a change in thinking.

But, Grace, oh Grace. She has dealt with everything that has been put in front of her. Everything - and she has the most beautiful smile. Her grin will light a room. Every day she undertakes her own marathon and, every day, she breaks new boundaries that initially were not possible.

So now I undertake a marathon for Grace and all of the other children who live with similar conditions. Running 26.2 miles is nothing compared to what Gracie has been through and pales in significance to future hurdles ahead, but it’s something. If I can raise some awareness of the condition and some cash for a good cause it has to be worth doing!

Support Richie’s efforts by donating to his Money Giving page

Caitlin McGreevy - Running for my cousin whom needs 24-hour care

Caitlin McGreevy, a student studying Medicine at University College London, shares the importance of raising awareness and funds for Young Epilepsy that provides 24-hour care to her cousin.

I’m running the London Marathon for Young Epilepsy because my cousin has a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. She needs 24/7 care and Young Epilepsy have the wonderful people who provide that for her!

As a medical student, I also have an interest in the work Young Epilepsy do in healthcare and research. I think it’s really important that Young Epilepsy is a charity addressing so many different aspects of epilepsy care. I’m very proud to be supporting this incredible charity!

Support Caitlin’s efforts by donating to her Money Giving page

Andy Gray - Running for his family’s little ones

Young Epilepsy fundraiser, Andy Gray, shares why he is taking part in his second London Marathon and what he’s looking forward to enjoying after the race.

I am raising money for Young Epilepsy because my nephew has experienced infantile seizures from a very young age as well as my cousin’s little girl, who lives with epilepsy.

Fundraising has been great so far and I'm blown away at people’s generosity, it's really amazing. With the help from close family and friends, we ran a raffle at various workplaces and a race night at a local rugby club which combined to make £2,000 for the charity and helped me cruise past the £3,000 fundraising target.

I've ran one marathon before in 2011 (London Marathon) and finished in 4 hours 11 minutes, so I am looking to beat that by a fairly large margin, if I can. At the very least, I am hoping to break the 4-hour mark. I know anything can happen on the day, so I am not putting too much pressure on myself and will just soak in the experience, enjoy the day and make sure I am well enough to enjoy a beer afterwards, this time. Last time I had to go straight home to bed!

Support Andy’s efforts by donating to his Money Giving page

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