The world famous Virgin Money London Marathon is set to take place on Sunday and will once again see 50,000 runners making their way through the iconic streets of the Capital.

Amidst that staggering number will be a small army of inspirational runners who have either secured a place as part of The Fire Fighters Charity’s London Marathon team, or who will be running independently for us.

The 17 who secured one of our official places have together pledged to raise an astonishing £34,000 to support injured firefighters across the UK. Countless others, meanwhile, will be running independently for the Charity and raising thousands of their own along the way.

In the lead up to the big event we will be introducing you to members of our official team as they prepare for their turn on London’s gruelling 26.2 mile course. However, if you’re one of the many who didn’t secure a place with us, but who is running on our behalf regardless, please Tweet us @firefighters999 to introduce yourself too.

Here are three of our runners, Jane, Julie and Michelle

Jane Borham, Berkshire

“The Charity is close to my heart as my husband Steve is a firefighter and, to my 5 -year old daughter and me, he is our hero. I have run 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons but my all-time goal is the London Marathon and I can’t wait to run it for The Fire Fighters Charity!”

You can help Jane to fundraise for her heroes by donating via her JustGiving page here.

Julie Munro, Surrey

“My husband has just completed 30 years of service with London Fire Brigade so I wanted to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity, particularly following Grenfell as he attended that last year along with hundreds of his colleagues. The Charity provided amazing support for everyone who attended and I just felt it was really a worthwhile cause and personal to me.”

You can help Julie to raise funds by donating to her JustGiving page here.

Michelle Foreman, Kent

“I have three children, one born with a life threatening illness and two disabled so I have used the Charity’s facilities at Harcombe House. I really wanted to give something back for the help we have received but also knowing the Charity would be needed even more after the Grenfell incident I wanted to put more money in the pot to help those firefighters.”

You can help other families like Michelle’s by donating via her JustGiving page here.

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