Tim runs the London Marathon for Dingley's Promise

November 04, 2017

We celebrated an incredible achievement by Tim Rees, who ran the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon in April 2017 for Dingley’s Promise.

Having wanted to run the 26.2 miles of London streets for some time, Tim was delighted at the chance, made possible by Colin Mansell of Children’s First International who allocated him one of the charity’s places in the event.  Having already signed up for the Brighton Marathon and the off-road Rat Race, these were to be the most physically challenging six weeks of Tim’s life!

Having run the Brighton Marathon in 28°C with little shade and hitting the wall at mile 13, Tim was more prepared for London.  With a cooler temperature and buildings to offer thankful shade, Tim pushed hard to get round the course in a quicker time.  With a personal best under his belt, he went on to win another medal two weeks later!


Tim raised an impressive £1,284.86 including Gift Aid for Dingley’s Promise, helping our Newbury Centre to support children under 5 years with additional needs and disabilities.  We are grateful to all those who sponsored Tim to help him reach this incredible total!  Colin Mansell presented the charity’s cheque to Louise Farmer, the Dingley’s Promise West Berkshire Centre Manager at the Newbury Centre on Thursday 2 November and also presented Tim with a certificate of appreciation recognising the efforts that Tim went to.


Having supported many charity runners at the London Marathon previously, Colin knows only too well the achievement and also potential risk to the runner’s health and welfare.  With tales of blisters and collapses, Tim’s accomplishment is even more impressive.

If you have been inspired by Tim and would like to take on a challenge and support our work.  Please be in touch as we would love to hear from you!

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