Virgin Money London Marathon 2015

Posted by Anne-Marie on April 27, 2015

The Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 – on Sunday 26 April – saw three dedicated runners take to the streets of London to run the 26.2 miles of the world’s best marathon and raise almost £7000 for Get A-Head. It was a fantastic day and although it started overcast, the rain disappeared as the race got underway and the crowds of supporters were out in force – the London Marathon truly has an unbeatable atmosphere!



Thank you so much to Mike Bates, Chris Coulson and Neil Sharma for choosing to support Get A-Head and thank you to their friends and families for sponsoring them. Please do share your pictures and stories with us!

Our runners donation pages on Virgin Money Giving are still open so please do dig deep in support of their incredible achievement:

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Mike Bates was running in memory of his Dad, who died from head & neck cancer 10 years ago.  Mike completed the marathon in a very respectable 3hrs 17mins.  Please visit his VirginMoney Giving page to donate:






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Chris Coulson is an ENT Consultant based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and decided to not only run the London Marathon, but to do it dressed as an Human Ear in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon as an human organ.  Chris finished the marathon in 3hrs 43mins and sadly missed out on the world record by less than 6 minutes, however you can still sponsor the wonderful feat at




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Neil Sharma, is also an ENT doctor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and when challenged by Chris, he couldn’t pass up the offer to run the London Marathon dressed as an Human Nose.  Neil knew the record would be a challenge but wanted to raise awareness of Get A-Head as well as raise lots of funds to support our work.  Neil finished the marathon in 5hrs 1min Please donate by visiting





Louise Newton, Charity Manager at Get A-Head said: ”I admire anyone who is willing to take on such a challenge in the name of charity.  Months and months of gruelling training and dedication certainly paid off.  Huge thanks goes to all three of our runners,  what an amazing achievement and a fabulous amount raised to help those with head and neck disease.