Team Kerr – Spirit of London Marathon Award Winners
After achieving our goal of changing the rules at the TCS London Marathon and ensuring that assisted runners would be welcomed at future events we were delighted to find out that we have been chosen as one of the ‘Spirit of London Marathon’ Awards recipients.
These awards celebrate the unique spirit of the world’s biggest marathon and showcase the extraordinary stories of the participants, champions, volunteers and supporters. We are so proud that our wee family from Northern Ireland has been chosen to receive this award and that our hard work has been recognised in this way. We are very much looking forward to collecting our award at the Excel centre during the running show on marathon week. Huge congratulations to the other inspirational recipients Anoosheh Ashoori & Jeremy Joseph.
Please click here to read more about the Spirit of London Marathon
We returned to London Marathon in 2023 to accept our Spirit of London Marathon Award and take part in the event.
When the G.O.A.T met the main man!!
A very surreal moment for us yesterday when we got to meet the one and only Eliud Kipchoge. Whilst standing in hospitality preparing for the start of our race we were approached by a member of the London Marathon team who told us that Eliud had asked to meet us after hearing our story. A few moments later we went outside and the world’s greatest marathon runner was waiting for us. In typical Aaron style, Eliud was pulled in for a huge hug and we had a few minutes to chat and get some pictures. Such a humble, gentle man who made us feel very important. An unforgettable moment for us and we are pretty sure Eliud won’t forget meeting Aaron either .
We also meet with some of the Eastenders cast and being fans of the show this was a highlight. Chris Evans also came over for a hug with the main man!!
After 7 long years of campaigning we are thrilled to announce that we will be running the TCS London Marathon on Sunday 2nd October 2022.
We have been working with London Marathon Events Director Hugh Brasher over a number of months to make the event more inclusive for assisted runners so they can have the opportunity to run the iconic 26.2 mile race from Greenwich to Westminster alongside everyone else. We are delighted that through this dialogue it will not only be ourselves taking part on the day, but three other assisted runners also.
“𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝘂𝗹𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝘀 𝗔𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗞𝗲𝗿𝗿, 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗗𝗼𝘄𝗻, 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗜𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱, 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗖𝗦 𝗟𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗻. 𝗔𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻, 𝟮𝟱, 𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗱𝗮𝗱 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝘂𝗺 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗮, 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘂𝗽 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗞𝗲𝗿𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝟰𝟴 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗲𝗿𝗿𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗠𝗘’𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗖𝗦 𝗟𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀” 𝗧𝗖𝗦 𝗟𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 (𝟮𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮)
Over the last 7 years we have taken part in some of the toughest courses and more often than not been the first assisted chair to participate, paving the way for others. We have worked alongside race organisers helping to make their events more inclusive and welcoming to those with disabilities, as well as promoting inclusion across the UK & Ireland. We sincerely hope that those organisers who still do not welcome assisted runners to their accessible events will take note and choose to follow London Marathons example.
We would like to say a few thanks. Firstly to Hugh and everyone at LME for involving us in the process, taking our idea’s and suggestions onboard, then working with us to find solutions. To everyone who has supported us over the years and believed in us, of which there are far too many to mention without leaving someone out!! Also a big thank you must go to all those race organisers who have welcomed us to their events, enabling us to get our voice out there. We feel an enormous amount of pride that we have helped to shape the inclusive future of one of the world’s biggest marathons, and it fills our hearts knowing that numerous assisted runners will benefit from this significant rule change going forward.
We have been asked a few times recently where marathon No 50 will be?? We promise that we didn’t plan it this way, but it seems very fitting that No 50 will be in London!! Inclusion is at the very heart of what we do and it took a huge step forward today, we are one proud wee family from Northern Ireland, so we are.
David, Sandra & Aaron