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Virgin Money London Marathon 2020

Help our runners reach the finish line. SUPPORT TEAM BACKCARE


ADAM FROST From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Duston, Northampton. 34 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“I’m Adam, a 34 year old Plumber living in Northampton with my partner Abby and our 2 small girls. Running the London Marathon has always been a dream of mine and I’m delighted to be raising money for BackCare, which is a charity close to my heart. My Mum has suffered with back issues for many years, and it means a lot to me to be able to help the charity support other people like her, also suffering with chronic pain, to cope better with daily life.”

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AdamFrost5


ADRIAN LEIGH From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Measham, Swadlincote 42 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“I do class myself as one of the lucky ones with back issues, and I say this due to being able to run. My L3-L4 and L4-L5 discs are herniated and they press on my spinal cord causing sporadic sciatica in my legs, lower back & abdominal area pain. I have followed all the advice from doctors and do believe that what works for some does not work for others. The Backcare website has given me access to resources that have made me realise that I'm not doing anything wrong and that it is acceptable to run with back issues and one of the key messages is to keep moving. I am continually trying to find the best way to deal with the pain which again is where I have discovered Backcare to be an invaluable source of unbiased information.�

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AdrianLeigh2020


AMANDA WATERS From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Wokingham 49 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“ I am not your typical runner, the other side

of 40, slightly chubby and often mistake gym for gin! I had debilitating back pain during my first pregnancy that I thought would go once I had the baby. It didn’t, it stayed with me for over 10 years. I tried out many different treatments with some giving short term relief. I ended up having spinal fusion surgery in 2012. The recovery sparked my interest in other treatment modalities and a six-year journey to retrain as a Chiropractor. I am now a fully-fledged Chiropractor and living life to the full. I consider myself lucky as I no longer have any back pain. However, I see people every day that are in pain and hear how it is affecting their everyday life. I can only help a finite number of people each week, by raising funds for Backcare I can help many more people every day.”

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AmandaJWaters


ANDY FORTUNE From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

St. Helier, Jersey. 40 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“As a 6’2” 40 year old, I have experienced a number of years of regular lower back pain, never thinking I would be able to run a marathon. As I got into running more and more, I found that the training and conditioning actually improved my back strength, reducing pain. London 2020 will be my 7th marathon since 2017, and when I saw the place available for BackCare it felt like a cause I could really support.”

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyFortune


ANDY GARRATT From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Tunbridge Wells 52 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“I started running 4 years ago at my local park run to help improve my asthma. I gradually started to run a little bit further until I found myself last year running 10k to get fit for a skiing holiday. After running a 1/2 marathon last year, my wife, who is a Chiropractor, told me BackCare were looking for people to run the London Marathon for them, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to take on another running challenge and at the same time raise money for a charity that aims to prevent back pain.�

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyGarratt


HAMEDAH SHKOKANI From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Borehamwood 32 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“When I was 15 I was diagnosed with Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and at 16 I had major surgery to correct this. Now I live a normal life and exercise is a big part of that. Scoliosis can often cause back pain and so running for a charity which is relatable makes it even more rewarding.�

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HamedahShkokani


JANE MORGAN From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Quedgeley, Gloucester 48 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“Virgin Money London Marathon 2020 will be my first marathon. I started running approximately 9 years ago. I thought it would be a case of trying the couch to 5k and getting bored of it by week 3 but I managed to stick it out and have now completed a few half marathons, 10ks and numerous 5k's. I am a run leader/coach and love nothing more than seeing others achieve their goals. Having completed Prudential Ride London in 2019 I am looking forward to hopefully completing the London Classics in 2020. My husband has scoliosis and kyphosis of the spine and this causes considerable pain at times for him. Understanding back pain and ways of easing it will be very important to his future.“

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JaneMorgan27


KATE LANCEFIELD From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Hawkinge, Folkestone 39 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 Yes

“Hi my name is Kate, I have suffered with back pain for about 12 years now, I have found running has helped so much keeping me active and helping manage the pain. I am excited about running London Marathon this year and looking forward to fundraising for this amazing.�

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KateLancefield


KURT OGDEN From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Yarm 51 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“I am an American expat living in the Northeast of England. My wife has suffered from back pain for several years and ultimately had surgery. We found it challenging to collect trustworthy information and navigate competent care. I’m proud to be associated with Backcare and their mission to provide guidance and advice to others that have been similarly affected.”

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KurtOgden


MARTIN WILLIAMS From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Stockport 62 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 Yes

“Twenty years ago I suffered a back injury and some great people got me up and running again, literally! It’s time for me to give something back! I have ran 50 or so long races over the last 20 years, and just couldn’t have done all that running and getting on with my life without the help of others.”

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MartinWilliams67


MATT RUSSELL From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Wakefield 31 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“I am proud to be running the 2020 London Marathon for BackCare and for my dad, who has suffered with chronic back pain following a car accident nearly 30 years ago. My dad has battled through so much over the years and since signing up to do the London Marathon, in September 2019 he was diagnosed with lymphoma and is currently undergoing treatment. The strength, resilience and kindness he has every single day make him the hero that he is. If hitting (hopefully smashing) my target can assist other individuals suffering with back pain then I'd be incredibly grateful to anyone who can donate.�

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Matt-Russell-London-Marathon-2020


NICOLA BRAMMER From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Burston, Stafford 45 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“ Running the London Marathon is truly a dream come true for so many reasons. Such an iconic event has always been something that I felt was beyond my reach. Fortunately I have been surrounded by positive people in my life who have encouraged me to dare to try, and try I will!! I am running for Backcare because two years ago my back pain was so bad I couldn’t walk let alone run. Improved back health has helped me to love life and running instead of dreading sitting or standing. So many of us suffer from the misery of back pain at some point in our lives. Please help me to achieve my charity goal.”

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NicolaBrammer


PAUL ROBERTS From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Amersham 56 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“Like many people I’ve had issues with my back over the years, however last year I injured it which laid me up for weeks. Since then I’ve had to make a few lifestyle changes and work on my fitness and stretching. I’m not a life-long runner I started with the couch to 5k in 2011 and have been ramping up the miles over the last few years, this will be my first full marathon. When I was looking for a charity place Backcare stood out as one I could relate to after my recent experiences.”

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulRoberts109


RICHARD POTTER From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Tiverton 38 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“I am choosing to run for the charity Backcare as I have suffered with degenerative disc disorder for the past 15-16 years and simply wouldn't be able to function day to day without regular exercise, especially running which I have been doing for the best part of ten years and has made a huge difference to not only the back pain but also my general mental health.�

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/richard.potter1


SARAH MILLINGTON From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Worfield, Bridgnorth 39 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 Yes

“After suffering with back problems since I was 18, then a replacement disk in 2017 and spinal fusion in 2018, I decided to prove my consultant wrong that I couldn’t run. I completed VLM in 2019, and in 2020 want to raise money to ensure other people don’t have to resort to surgery to be able to run!”

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Sarah4uk


VIDA SPILLER From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Aylesbury 42 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 No

“I am very excited about this challenge and helping people with back and neck problems. I myself still struggle with pains so I know what people are going through.�

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VidaSpiller1


ZOE HUGHES From Age: Event: Date: LM Experience:

Pockington, York 34 Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 Yes

“I've chosen to run for Backcare this year as I am one of the many people who has to do literally that ... 'care' for my 'back'. Having been run over by a taxi 13 years ago and spending over a year living on Fentanyl and Oramorph, I now live on running as it keeps my back supple and pain-free.�

Donate using the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ZoeHughes11


The BackCare Team will be stationed at the mile 16 marker from 10:30 on race day and would welcome any members and supporters to join us in cheering the runners on. Any help or support you can give to our runners will be gratefully received. Every little helps!


BackCare (the National Back Pain Association) was originally set up in 1968. Its Patron is HRH Prince of Wales. BackCare was the brainchild of a local businessman, Stanley Grundy, who established the charity after suffering a back injury caused by a sailing accident. At the time, he was concerned about the lack of information and support for back pain sufferers. For over 50 years BackCare has been dedicated to educating the public throughout the UK and wider further afield in ways of preventing and alleviating back pain. The charity aims to significantly reduce the burden of back & neck pain by providing information, guidance and advice to all people and organisations and those affected by such pain. Back pain is a major health issue costing the country and the health service billions of pounds every year. Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the leading causes of sickness absence, which it is estimated costs the UK economy ÂŁ15bn annually. We believe that by working together with other organisations, we can help prevent back and neck pain, which has a significant impact on more than 80% of the UK population.

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