Runners take to London Marathon challenge for Get A-Head

Meet the intrepid London Marathon runners who will be pounding the streets of the capital on April 21, 2024 to raise vital funds for Get A-Head. 

Immy Yeoman 

This will be Immy’s third London Marathon and she has raised money for Get A-Head both previous times – her brother Tom is the charity’s chairman. 

Immy said: “GAH is extremely important to us as a family. The phenomenal support, professionalism and help that they have been able to offer my nieces, nephews and brothers is something I will always be so grateful for. Thyroid cancer has impacted my siblings and their children on a daily basis but without the surgeries and support things could be very different.” 

Action woman Immy is no stranger to physical challenges. As well as 15 marathons, she has completed two full Ironman events, two half Ironman, an ultra marathon – 100km over two days – and several shorter triathlons. 

Alongside son George, Immy is an RNLI lifeboat crew member and has completed a solo biathlon – run, swim, run – to raise money for the charity. 

Immy lives in Salcombe in Devon and has three sons, Marcus, George and Henry, and a grandson Albert.  She is a photographer, social media and marketing manager and a property manager. She will celebrate her 50th birthday in May and said London will be a great start to the celebrations. 

Neil Ayliffe 

Neil is very proud to be running the TCS London Marathon for Get A-Head, having raised vital funds for us previously through a 145-mile ultra run from Bristol to London. 

He kickstarted his training for the marathon at the start of the year by committing to the 496 Challenge in January – running 1km on January 1, 2km on January 2 and so on until he clocked up a total of 496km by the end of the month. 

With the weather early on in 2024 bringing sub-zero temperatures, lashing rain and gale force winds, the challenge was a tough way to kick start his base training. 

He said: “I’m very proud and fortunate to be representing Get A-head at the London Marathon this April. It’s a few years later than it was originally meant to be happening…but we’re finally on!” 

Tom Bromwich, chair of trustees for Get A-Head, said: “We are incredibly grateful to both Immy and Neil for choosing to run this year’s London Marathon to raise funds for Get A-Head.  

“It’s only with this kind of continued fundraising support can we carry on making a difference to the lives of people with head and neck disease. We wish Immy and Neil all the very best for the big day in April!” 

You can support Immy and her marathon effort by donating here 

Or support Neil here