'I always wanted to make my first marathon the London Marathon – the most famous marathon in the world – and reality is starting to bite that it is in October! I’m Looking forward to supporting the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund alongside Andy and Alex and making a difference for people who need the support from memorial fund to go on and fulfil their dreams.'
David Butler - General Manager, European Rugby League Federation
‘After many years of agreeing to do some really daft stuff for charity, this is by far the daftest, (those of you who know me, know I don’t really run, ever.) But when this opportunity was thrown at me, I was way to stubborn to turn it down. However, knowing that the money we raise will help realise the dreams of some of the country’s most exciting young athletes continues to spur me on! So please, please give generously, and you might also come away with a great prize!’
Andy Hicks – Sports Tech and Business Advisor
'Running the London Marathon has been a dream ever since I first experienced it and got close to friends and colleagues that completed this amazing challenge. However for many years I doubted whether 'I could raise the funds, if my body would hold up and ultimately if I could actually run for 26.2m'. January 2020 changed my perception after committing and being inspired by running a 5k every day for REDJanuary 2020. I have got over the fear, set out to achieve an all time dream, make my family proud and raise funds for an amazing charity. As Ron Pickering believed, sport could enhance lives in more ways than just physical wellbeing.' “Sport is the most precious commodity we have to hand on to the next generation” Ron Pickering OBE
Alex Zurita - Head of London Sport Tech Hub
The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund (RPMF) raises funds to help young aspiring athletes reach their true potential. The RPMF helps recipients make the difficult transition from junior to senior level through support for equipment, specialist coaching or travel and importantly helps build the athletes' confidence and self esteem through recognition.
The fund has raised and awarded over £2.0 million in small but significant grants to over 3,000 talented young British athletes, including all of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic athletics medallists.
'The majority of the British athletics team in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics had at some stage in their careers received support from the fund.'
All donations over £10 will be entered into a raffle to win any of the following items.
£10 = 1 entry, £20 = 3 entries, £30 = 6 entries, £40 = 10 entries, £50 = 15 entries