London Landmarks Half Marathon: Rachel’s race for Rory

17 Dec 2021, 2:09 p.m.

Rachel, Laura and Rory looking and smiling at the camera at the end of London Landmarks Half Marathon.

London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) is back in 2022. Among the runners fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) in 2019 was Rachel, whose son received treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Here, Rachel shares her story.

Rachel’s son Rory became seriously ill in 2018. After contracting a rare virus at just six weeks old, he was transferred to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at GOSH where he received specialist treatment.

To thank GOSH for the world-class care and support it gave Rory, Rachel signed up for the half marathon with her sister Laura.

A buzzing atmosphere on race day

Rachel recalls the amazing atmosphere along the route. Even though her sister loathes running, Laura breezed through it but Rachel found it a bit more of a challenge.

“The crowds were so encouraging. We had our amazing family spurring us on and we were given so much love by the GOSH team cheering for us too,” Rachel says. “Rory was there on the day which was extra special.”

What is Rachel’s top tip for someone who’s thinking of taking on the London half marathon challenge for GOSH?

“Know that all your training in the cold dark gloomy months is all worth it – you will benefit so many seriously ill children and their families when they are at their lowest ebb.”

Rachel and Laura in their GOSH running vests smiling and waving at the camera whilst running the half marathon

Supporting seriously ill children across the UK

As a family they want to give back to GOSH after seeing first-hand the lengths that the hospital goes to, to help children have a better future.

“I'm sure the pandemic has been an incredibly stressful time for the GOSH. Fundraising ensures that seriously ill children from across the UK continue to receive the best care possible. It's so important that the charity receive monetary donations to continue to save precious lives and support families at this difficult time,” she explains.

Rachel feels enormously lucky and grateful to the GOSH team as Rory is now a healthy, happy three-year-old. She says: “We are so lucky that Rory received the care he did at GOSH NICU and we are grateful to them every single day for our happy ending. We thank everyone for looking after us so well.”

Join Team GOSH for the London Landmarks Half Marathon on 3 April 2022. The closed road, central London run offers a fabulous route taking in some of the best views and attractions in London. Runners can expect music, DJs, themed cheer stations and much more fun along the way.

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