London Marathon Runners Raise £11000 For Get A-Head

Posted by Anne-Marie on April 25, 2016

A six strong team of runners from across the country, have raised a staggering £11000 for Get A-Head, by competing in the London Marathon.



Chris & Tom GWR 2

Chris Coulson and Thomas Church also broke a Guinness World Record for fastest marathon as a two person outfit. Chris, an ENT Consultant at the Queen Elizabeth hospital finished the race with Tom, his brother-in-law, in 4 hours, 21 minutes and 22 seconds as a horse and jockey.

Chris, from Birmingham, had this to say after his successful record breaking marathon;

“After missing out on the world record for fastest marathon dressed a human organ, an ear, last year, I wanted to push myself again for a new challenge in aid of raising funds for Get A-Head.  I’m absolutely ecstatic that I’ve not only finished and broken the world record for running as a pantomime horse, but I’ve raised over £2000 for the wonderful charity that is Get A–Head. The only question we’re left with is – what’s next?”

The gruelling 26.2 miles was also completed by Layth Yousif, Alison Smith, Harry Mason & Emma Hughes, who were all raising funds for various funds at Get A-Head.  Each of them have close connections with Get A-Head.

Layth, Harry & Emma all ran for Get A-Head as their families had been touched by head and neck cancer.  Harry and Layth are brother and brother-in-law respectively to Anne Aurousseau, a young woman from Hitchin, who foughht a battle with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) but tragically lost the fight when she passed away in 2014 at the age of 37.  Layth had this to say about running in memory of Anne;

“Running the marathon isn’t really about me.  It’s about honouring Anne – beloved of so many people whose lives she touched in so many ways.

It’s also about raising as much money as possible for the brilliant charity Get A-Head because fewer that 25 people per year in the UK develop the cancer that ultimately killed Anne – and we need to raise as much awareness as money for this terrible disease.”

Layth finished the marathon in 7 hours, 7 minutes and 30 seconds and Harry finished in 3 hours, 58 minites & 37 seconds.  The funds they raise will go to Get A-Head’s dedicated ACC Fund.

Emma Louise Hughes - London Marathon 2016


Emma also ran to raise funds for the ACC Fund, as her auntie has recently been diagnosed with the disease.  Emma finished the marathon in 5 hours, 5 minutes & 12 seconds.


Alison Smith


Alison Smith, Speech and Language Therapist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham was raising funds to support all head and neck patients and finished the marathon in 6 hours, 34 minutes & 58 seconds.  Alison said after the event; “It was a great atmosphere but the hardest thing I’ve ever done & I certainly won’t be doing it again!”




It is not too late to sponsor Chris and the rest of the Get A-Head Marathon runners.  Find out more about how to sponsor them here: