The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event worldwide and is the world’s biggest marathon run. This year was yet another huge success, with a record 578,374 people entering the ballot for a place in the 2024 London Marathon, with more than 65,725 people running on Sunday, representing 158 nations.

Genesis Trust had 8 amazing people running this year, all of whom completed the 26.2-mile course with some making their personal best!  What an incredible achievement, we are immensely grateful for their commitment and dedication.

A huge congratulations to Africa Mason, Sinead Macphee, Emma Cockle, Martin Lenihan, Simon Hall, Fr Chris Kinch, Andrew Pattie, and Callum Noad. Please click here to view all of their fundraising pages.

Here are a few comments from our runners.

“I’ve wanted to run in the London Marathon ever since I was 4 years old and so to do so yesterday was just unreal. I loved every minute of it and I’m still on a high from it. The atmosphere and the support was just incredible. I met some amazing inspirational people amongst the other runners. It was an especial privilege and and honour to run for Genesis Trust in support of the homeless, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable. I’d like to thank Genesis Trust for the opportunity and for their incredible work.”

– FR Chris Kinch

“Running in the London Marathon was a surreal experience and one I will cherish for the rest of my life. It has been amazing to raise an incredible amount for both The Genesis Trust & The Mendip School!

– Martin Lenihan

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have completed my first official London marathon! Year on year I’ve entered the ballot but haven’t been lucky enough to get in. In 2021, I did a virtual London marathon around Bath and knowing that I could get around the 26.2 miles made me even more determined to complete the actual event. When the opportunity arose to run for the Genesis Trust and raise funds for such an important local charity, I was delighted to accept the challenge. Since July, I have been fundraising with raffles, Christmas 10K charity run, summer fetes, baking themed brownies for any occasion as well as training 5 out of 7 days! The event itself was incredible and so well organised from collecting my number at the Expo to being presented with my medal at the finish line! From mile 15 the niggles started to set in but it really is true what they say the crowds of supporters and the race atmosphere get you through! I’ve managed to raise £1,260 for the Genesis Trust so far! I can hardly walk today but absolutely buzzing from the incredible experience! So chuffed with my time of 4.21.55! Thank you to Genesis Trust for this opportunity and the invaluable work supporting people in our community.”

– Emma Cockle

“I just want to say thank you to Genesis Trust for giving me the privilege of running the London marathon to raise money for them. Thank you to everyone that cheered and supported me and every single one of the other 50,000 people running the Marathon. Hearing the screams, shouts, cheers, singing, chanting, drumming; Seeing the endless stream of people lining the streets and all the banners and signs encouraging people on and the causes they were running for…Smelling the deep heat! It was a truly overwhelming and uncomparable experience I am so proud to have been a part of. Thank you to all of you who donated, the messages that seemed to endlessly pop up on my watch gave me so much extra energy and pride as I ran. If you’ve been thinking about running the event I can only encourage you to take part and run for a charity (Genesis!) next year. Truly a wonderful and memorable experience for me and such a privilege to be able to provide some support for others as I did it.”

– Simon Hall

What an inspiration! If you feel moved to take up the London Marathon 2025 challenge, then Genesis Trust will have five places next year. Please register your interest using our online form or contact us for more information by clicking here.