TeamCAFOD triumphs at the London Marathon

On Sunday 21 April, 17 remarkable runners completed the London Marathon as part of TeamCAFOD. With determination in their hearts and a commitment to making a difference, they embarked on a 26.2-mile journey with nothing but smiles on their faces! Hear from the team about their experience running in one of the most popular marathons in the world.

London Marathon 2024 has been hailed as another huge success, with a record number of over 50,000 people taking part. Race director Hugh Brasher predicted that the race would raise more money for charity than any single-day event in history, breaking its own fundraising world record of £66.4m set in 2019.

We were thrilled to have 17 runners take on this incredible challenge in aid of CAFOD’s work, and had a great time cheering them on!

CAFOD cheer station at mile 16

David Wells, an international speaker, teacher, catechist and author, was one of the team members running for CAFOD. When asked about his experience of the London Marathon, he said:

“I loved the day. I didn’t want to walk and I managed to keep running. I’m sat here feeling very grateful to CAFOD for making this accessible for us, for supporting us through it all, and for giving us a life-enhancing moment. I will never forget it.

“All your support throughout this adventure has been for me really helpful and significant. I never really felt on my own. Congratulations to everyone!”

Go Dave!

Anthony was also feeling super positive about the day:

“What an awesome day. Gutted I didn’t break four hours, but seeing CAFOD and my family at mile 16 was the biggest lift I had all day. The support from the team has been amazing and I’m so proud of all of us.”

Anthony getting that much needed lift at mile 16!

Finally, we heard from Joan, who reflected on the incredible team spirit shown by this year’s runners:

“Thank you for selecting me to run for CAFOD. Thank you for your support and encouragement – you made this journey amazing. Congratulations team and thank you for your tips and encouragement. We did it!”

Congratulations Joan 🏅

Are you up to the challenge? Register your interest for the London Marathon 2025 now. We will be allocating places after the ballot announcement in June. Email the CAFOD Events team for more information. 

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