2016 London Marathon

Meet Our Runners


 Karen Bill

My name is Karen Bill and I am running in the 2016 London marathon in support of Headway Surrey.

In recent years I have taken part in a number of running events in aid if medical charities. I started with a 5km 'Race for Life' but have since run 5 half marathons as well as 2 very muddy obstacle courses. I watch the London Marathon on TV every year and have always thought how wonderful it would be to run in it. Now, thanks to Headway, I have been given the opportunity to realise my dream while raising money for a very worthy cause.

It's an enormous step up from a 13 mile half marathon to a full 26. I'm currently 5 weeks into a 16 week training plan. Initially I found the prospect of running 26 miles very daunting, but I can feel my stamina improving and I'm already feeling much more confident. My training consists of a long run each week which gradually increases in distance, short slow runs that train me to pace myself, intense runs at optimum heart rate and interval training which increase my overall fitness.

The biggest challenge so far is not so much the actual running but coping with how tense my muscles are afterwards. It is important to warm up beforehand and stretch properly after training to avoid injuries that could set my training back and, ultimately, force me to withdraw. 

As this is my first marathon I'm not too worried about what my finish time will be. My target is to finish the course. I would like to thank Headway for all their support as well as my family and friends, without whom I couldn't even have contemplated taking on a marathon. 


Claire Welch

Hi, I’m Claire, a supply teacher and mother to 4 children.  This will be the third time, yes I did say third time, that I’ve attempted the London Marathon.  2016 is the year that I can potentially complete the personal goal I set myself several years ago, to run the London Marathon whilst I was in my twenties, thirties and forties …. I thought I would do it early in my forties before it gets too hard!  Having convinced myself it would be a good idea I also wanted to raise money for a good cause, which is why I have chosen to run for Headway Surrey.  I would appreciate your support, any amount of money donated will not only help motivate me but will make a big difference to this fantastic charity.


Ruth Prescott

Coming from a ‘sporty’ family, I’ve made some good efforts at running in the past, but the London Marathon is a different challenge to anything I’ve ever attempted.  I’m no longer the right side of 30 and London life is starting to get the better of me, so I though 2016 was a good year to rise to the challenge!

I’m 5 weeks into my training schedule and have had to make some significant lifestyle changes; I’m now jogging into the office a few times a week and tailor my weekends around the ‘long run’.  As I write this, I’m aching all over after yesterday’s 15 miler; the South Downs is a beautiful but challenging landscape!! A fortnight ago I was treated to a long weekend in the New Forest for my Birthday, complete with a 13 mile interlude around the celebrations!

I’ve chosen to run for Headway, Surrey in support of an ex colleague and friend who’s brother suffered an awful head injury during a business trip to America.  Having tripped and fallen down 80 marble stairs, her family were told the odds of his survival were not good. Although the journey has been a long and very bumpy one, against all odds her brother is now doing well.  Watching what she’s gone through during his recovery was a real eye opener for me and I’m hoping to raise lots of money for Headway, to help support others going through similar experiences.


Alvin Simkins

Alvin Simkins is 31 years old and works in Nuffield Gym in Guildford as a PT Technician.

Alvin has always wanted to run the marathon since he was little. He was in the military at 17 years of age and always massively into fitness.  He now trains clients to run in the marathon and tri-athletes and is delighted to be able to run himself.


2016 London Marathon

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