Virgin Money London Marathon

The 2019 Event 

On Sunday 28 April 2019, our magnificent marathon squad will be competing in this year’s 26.2 mile-long Virgin Money London Marathon 2019.  

Whether first-time runners or experienced competitors, our Ability Bow team will tackle the incredible course (weather and injuries permitting!) alongside thousands of other participants on the day, enjoying some thrilling highlights ranging from the Cutty Sark to Tower Bridge.  

Watch a video of one of our past runners en-route during the marathon day>>

Take a look below at our one-stop-shop page for marathon runners and our fundraisers and find out:  

Who Our Runners Are Fundraising For 

Rod's Story

Meet Rod Douglas. An ex-Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist in 1986 for Great Britain, Bow-born Rod experienced a life-threatening brain injury in 1989 after a fight with fellow title titan, Herol Graham.  

Since then, 54-year-old Rod has encountered mixed health, which led to him battling to stay alive following a stroke in 2017.  

But determined to succeed, the east London local braved our gym to move from a wheelchair to walking again in just three months after joining Ability Bow in 2018.  

Ready to fight for raising more for Rod’s recovery?  

Read Rod’s remarkable story here>> 

Albie’s Story  

Meet Albie. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer and in a wheelchair. Today, he's walking again!  

Albie's diagnosis is incurable. He developed a terminal tumour in his back which fractured his spinal cord in two places.  

This has led him to recover at our Ability Bow gym since 2013 and he’s even been able to raise thousands of pounds for us - while living with partial paralysis and weakness in his lower limbs - by walking the Big Fun Run four times for our service.  

Can you help people like Albie to live an active and healthier life for longer?  

Watch Albie’s amazing story here>> 

Chris and Ken’s Story  

Meet siblings Chris and Ken. They were both diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia more than four years ago.  

Experiencing symptoms ranging from joint pain, bladder discomfort and in Ken’s case, sight challenges, since using our gym, they have regained their confidence and better tackled their weight; and even given back to our exercise service through leaving a gift in their will.  

Will you support Chris and Ken in gifting Ability Bow members’ their long-term wellbeing? 

Find out more about Chris and Ken’s story here>> 

No matter what you donate, it all makes a difference in making our members’ recovery, reality. Thank you.  

Other Members' Stories 

Our Marathon Team 2019 

Shakil Miah, PE Teacher, 29   

Donate to Shakil now>> 

I’ve chosen to raise money for my local community gym Ability Bow, which is determined to remove exercise barriers and meet needs of everyone with a disability or long-term health condition.  

I want to run the London Marathon for Ability Bow - what I believe is inner London’s only disability gym - to:  

  • Give back to the area where I grew up in 
  • Support a really caring service who offer exceptional fitness services to all 

Marathon Experience and Training  

I’ve run many marathons and half-marathons worldwide and within the UK to raise funds for various causes, but when I found out about Ability Bow, I knew this was a great cause to generate donations for.  

I recently ran the adidas City Run 10k Fulham race to generate some donations for the gym and I’ve also been spending time training for this event and others and will now focus from this January onwards on all the necessary strength, cardio and distance work I need to do (including aiming for running 30 miles per week).  

Thoughts About The Day 

I really can’t wait to be at the starting line for Ability Bow in April and I’m so glad to have chosen to run and raise money for this amazing charity.  

It will mean the world to represent the gym and its members from Greenwich Park to the Mall on the 28th April and this is an event where everyone can come together to make a real difference to people globally and in my case, for those just around the corner.   

Join Us On Marathon Day  

With the big day just a few months away, we’re delighted to invite you to join us on marathon day on Sunday 28 April 2019, to cheer on our magnificent marathon runners in our usual haunt; The Lord Nelson pub on Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs.  

Situated at mile 17 en-route, we’ll be based at the East End corner pub from 10:30am and you can be part of:  

  • Cheering on our runners and making some fuss during the day with our Ability Bow support team 
  • Toasting our success with refreshments from the Lord Nelson  
  • Meeting new faces including our gym members, trustees, volunteers and our staff team
  • Assisting with setting up our banners, balloons and signage on the day 

If You Can’t Attend 

Can’t attend on the day? Not to worry - take a look at the various ways you can keep on top of the VirginMoneyGiving London Marathon below!  

Watch At Specific Parts Of The Route  

If you can’t make it into central London, keep an eye (more specifically nearer the time of the marathon/from April 2019 when the information is likely to be fully refreshed) on course and marathon day event info on the London Marathon Spectator Info page (listed below).  

Watch and Listen to TV & Radio Coverage  

You can also catch the marathon via BBC TV and radio coverage - as well as via the BBC Sport website and red button - on the day.  

Take a look at course info and coverage on the London Marathon Spectator Info page>> 

*You can also keep up to date via the London Marathon App which will also be available to download via the above link before marathon day* 

More About The Event (Including Training Tips)  

To find out more widely about the Virgin Money Giving London Marathon 2019:  

Visit the London Marathon 2019 website>> 

For runners needing training tips - including suitable gear and staying healthy:  

Take a look at the London Marathon’s top training tips guide>>