L&S Mind at the Royal Parks Half 2018

Megan, Georgie and Ajay look back on a wonderful (and wet!) day at London’s most stunning half marathon


17/10/2018

This year we celebrated our third year in a row at the Royal Parks Half Marathon with our biggest ever team – 100 runners! 

Our team has raised over £30,000 in sponsorship donations – an astonishing figure, which is still growing! This year, these donations are going towards a particularly special project: the opening of our first ever retail space. Your hard work will have a lasting legacy through this building, the new funds we’ll be able to raise through it, and the volunteering and employment opportunities we’l be able to make available within it. Watch this space…! 

The whole team gathered together under the marquee on Sunday morning for pep talks from Ajay, last-minute coffees and group pictures – before venturing forth into the downpour for what proved to be a very rainy race indeed. Luckily, our bright-yellow vests shone through the drizzle and grey all the way round the track, proudly showing our whole team’s support for L&S Mind. Soaking wet and shattered after completing all 13.1 miles, we all headed straight for the warmth of a local pub for a debrief, pint and final pat on the back from Ajay. (Apart from Paul, who escaped to the airport and jetted off to Greece almost immediately after crossing the finish line! Can’t say I wasn’t jealous…)

Shoutouts and Special Mentions

We were especially proud of our teammate Sage Pearce-Higgins for finishing 4th overall and 1st in our team, with the astonishing time of 1:14.14! You can scroll to the bottom of this page to see all our team’s rankings and times.

Super Sandra Brower, our top individual fundraiser and first-time half-marathon-er, raised a staggering £1,487.50 in just a few weeks. This alone is enough to support one service user in a peer-support group for over a year.

Power duo Teddy Crane and Chloe McCullough are now our longest-standing teammates: they took part in the Royal Parks Half for L&S Mind for the third year in a row. Having been beaten by Teddy last year, Chloe got her own back on him this time by speeding off to the finish line with 800m to spare! We believe they’re still friends, however, and hope to run with them both again in 2019.

Special thanks must also go out to Imogen Makin and Team Joseph Joseph, our most successful team of fundraisers this year. They raised over £2,700 altogether: an incredible result from a dedicated team. So dedicated, in fact, that one of their team did the race despite having a hairline fracture…!

Finally, I’d also like to thank Georgia Lee and Olivia Platman for all your help on the day, and for keeping me company under the freezing marquee. I really couldn’t have managed without your help, so thankyou for giving up your time to help.

Well done, and thank you to everyone who took part!

Georgie’s thoughts – Social Media Assistant and Race Day volunteer

The atmosphere on Sunday was inspiring. Every single L&S Mind runner was excited, happy, but predominantly: determined.  Everyone I met seemed focused and pumped for their 13.1 mile run ahead. I was impressed, but not surprised, to learn on Monday that the team had raised such a large amount for this event. From the first person I spoke to to the last there was an underlying feeling in the air that this cause was just so important. It was incredibly heart-warming to witness how spurred on our runners were by their commitment to our belief that everyone deserves good mental health.

Last year the team raised enough money to support two peer support groups for an entire year. This time even more can be done. Raising money for Lambeth and Southwark Mind, because we are a small independent charity, means that your money goes directly to services that will help people who are suffering and all these services are completely free. Enabling these services to take place means you are ensuring the continuity of a safe and nurturing space that could be a vital part of someone’s life.

I don’t know whether it was their bright yellow vests but the Mind runners really stood out from the 16,000 thousand participants! They seemed to generate energy wherever they went and created a really positive atmosphere. For us volunteers it was incredibly exciting to watch.

And final words from Ajay…

As you’ve all worked so hard for this event, you may be wondering what all your training and fundraising actually goes towards….here are some thoughts on that. (Remember, you are always welcome to visit us and see for yourself!)

Firstly, we should clarify that we are a small organisation – more akin to an artist’s studio! In our view, some of the best therapeutic organisations are quite small, and have some space for creativity and individuality.

We only have three full-time members of staff – but our services are free and open to over half a million people (all the residents of Lambeth and Southwark). This is made possible through the dedicated work of dozens of psychotherapists, many of whom offer their time and skills to us for free.

We run helplines, groups and psychotherapy services. Our ethos is not that we are experts, but that everyone experiences difficulties, sometimes chronic and life threatening, often hidden, and our work is to carefully attend to people in distress, in an ordinary, thoughtful, and consistent way. It’s a bit like running: we try and pace ourselves, and keep a dependable pace for those who need us.
That’s why your support is crucial – not just financially, but actually psychologically – as it helps us to know that there are people interested in what we do, and are supporting us in the background. It makes the daily work more pleasurable. It’s a bit intangible, but very valuable, and that’s why we really enjoy meeting you all.

We’re able to ring fence all the money that you raise for very special and unusual work, such as providing intensive long term support and therapy for adults who are in extreme difficulty. Sadly, this type of long term dependable care is hard to get unless you have the funds to see a therapist privately. You’re all helping us to offer better mental health and wellbeing to as many people as we can in Lambeth and Southwark, and to make sure that no-one in our area is forced to go through a mental health problem alone.

Want to support us in a future event? Check out our Events page, and make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest updates!

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Official Rankings!

BIB NO. NAME GENDER CAT. CHIP TIME GENDER POS. CAT. POS. CHIP POS.
7278 Sage Pearce-Higgins Male MS 1:14:14 4 4 4
1504 Joshua Mulley Male MS 1:21:59 68 62 68
6158 Oliver Craig Male MS 1:30:03 395 339 414
1505 Sam Rowlands Male MS 1:30:58 431 369 454
7295 Selma Cotter Female FS 1:31:44 26 23 503
6157 Ben Rosser Male MS 1:32:30 519 439 553
5925 Rob Whittington Male MS 1:32:51 548 462 583
7294 William Cotter Male MV45 1:33:21 584 95 621
7038 Edwin Price Male MS 1:33:55 639 533 681
6814 Helen Reid Female FS 1:36:26 67 54 925
8859 Jonny Howell Male MS 1:36:28 861 709 931
6996 Krzysztof Rudko Male MS 1:36:41 887 733 958
6901 Rachid Semaoune Male MV45 1:38:02 1046 189 1150
6929 Duncan Hall Male MS 1:38:16 1076 874 1191
12378 Catherine Scott-Clark Female FV40 1:38:33 120 27 1242
5303 Leo Sharer Male MS 1:39:14 1223 988 1363
6940 James Manning Male MS 1:39:21 1239 1001 1385
6920 Jack Dixon Male MS 1:39:46 1287 1038 1439
6927 Nick Brown Male MS 1:40:06 1330 1072 1486
6830 Edward Francis Male MS 1:41:08 1464 1183 1654
7321 David Shepherd Male MS 1:41:52 1562 1264 1771
6813 Leonie Nicks Female FS 1:42:34 232 174 1894
12151 Adam Critchley Male MS 1:46:36 2264 1786 2698
6926 James Kirkpatrick Male MS 1:47:03 2349 1843 2816
5302 William Trevelyan Thomas Male MS 1:48:21 2588 2017 3151
7277 Poppy Denniston Female FS 1:49:32 653 485 3437
4483 David Tapnack Male MS 1:49:35 2788 2161 3451
13937 Omar Ibrahim Male MS 1:49:42 2810 2174 3482
7293 Brian Otten Male MV45 1:51:13 3085 687 3882
4928 Flora Murphy Female FS 1:54:10 1093 790 4658
5335 Alistair Smout Male MS 1:54:22 3599 2724 4725
6160 William Hayter Male MS 1:54:35 3650 2760 4801
12005 Louisa Fitzherbert Female FS 1:54:41 1155 829 4833
6159 Gareth McNeil Male MS 1:54:54 3692 2792 4886
7473 Henry Blackhurst Male MS 1:55:54 3862 2907 5174
7324 Keith Geraghty Male MS 1:55:57 3874 2916 5197
7472 Thea Rogerson Female FS 1:56:03 1331 948 5230
7042 Chloe McCulloch Female FV40 1:56:05 1337 358 5239
6882 Teddy Crane Male MS 1:56:05 3897 2931 5242
6860 Tom Coffey Male MS 1:56:37 3999 2997 5416
7262 Oliver Lumb Male MS 1:57:02 4083 3046 5550
14323 Agustin Maccarini Male MS 1:57:06 4104 3060 5580
12377 Aisling Beddy Female FS 1:57:10 1474 1044 5600
6310 Nicholas Harrold Male MS 1:58:15 4296 3188 5952
12907 James Huang Male MS 1:58:26 4337 3222 6020
7381 Luke Temple Male MS 1:58:43 4393 3262 6107
12919 Isabel Ogden Female FS 1:59:27 1830 1276 6391
6820 Lewis Jones Male MS 1:59:28 4556 3369 6396
14121 Martin Wagner Male MV45 2:02:38 5054 1269 7362
14802 Aya Ishikawa Female FS 2:02:49 2326 1602 7409
14819 Mark Bella Male MS 2:03:31 5171 3780 7616
12908 Becky Rainer Female FS 2:04:15 2543 1748 7839
20316 Sandra Brower Female FV40 2:04:35 2587 754 7929
6881 Ajay Khandelwal Female FV40 2:04:41 2603 762 7953
14818 Misha Wagner Male MS 2:05:13 5410 3948 8099
14104 Silvia Fraga Female FS 2:07:46 3031 2050 8745
13017 Jessica Dilworth Female FS 2:09:32 3299 2214 9210
21341 Georgina Moule Female FS 2:09:42 3325 2232 9258
23583 Josie Harral Female FV40 2:11:57 3644 1122 9798
13196 Helen Clifford Female FS 2:12:00 3650 2420 9810
20254 Jatinder Padda Female FV40 2:12:30 3717 1148 9919
12060 Bethany Bosson Female FS 2:16:57 4337 2842 10942
21572 Nicola Bosson Female FV40 2:16:58 4340 1356 10946
21262 Naila Abbasova Female FS 2:18:25 4548 2969 11277
13704 Imogen Makin Female FS 2:18:52 4623 3022 11382
21647 Harry Roberts Male MS 2:18:58 6757 4832 11411
20480 Brigid Fox Female FS 2:18:59 4641 3031 11414
16747 Lucie Holtermann Female FS 2:20:13 4789 3117 11651
14852 Marcus Cole Male MS 2:22:30 6983 4978 12100
13938 Jon Jones Male MV45 2:24:09 7090 1881 12420
14120 Paul Broughton Male MS 2:25:37 7165 5093 12666
21261 Elizabeth Hartnett Female FS 2:29:38 5946 3805 13282
21009 Charlotte Baker Female FS 2:31:01 6118 3904 13509
14896 Anish Rana Male MS 2:34:30 7491 5309 13936
21010 Michaela Hradilova Female FS 2:37:03 6635 4200 14214
14857 Victoria Slessar Female FS 2:43:18 7088 4480 14831
4959 Emily Badger Female FS 2:50:17 7409 4666 15277
20399 Daisy Roberts Female FS 3:21:17 8059 5071 16133

 

Megan joined the team as a fundraiser in 2017 from a background in journalism, editorial and retail. She now manages L&S Mind’s website, social media and community fundraising events, as well as trusts and grants fundraising.