On Sunday 28 April Megan Hallam and Carl Knight both studying on the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching ran the London Marathon for My AFK.
On Sunday 28 April Megan Hallam and Carl Knight both studying on the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching ran the London Marathon for My AFK. My AFK (formerly Action for Kids) is a national charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. They also help prepare young people with learning disabilities for life after school through the accredited education, training and work experience programmes and provide mobility equipment not available on the NHS to disabled children and young people up to age 25 across the UK.
Megan and Carl chose this charity because they knew how lucky they were to be able to run and even luckier knowing they are running to help make a difference to so many disabled young people’s lives. They both also have the opportunity to work with a local special school Nethergate which is located in Clifton providing them with sports activities to help them get active therefore creating even more of a special bond to My AKF charity.
Before the race the pair set themselves a target of completing the race quicker than they ran the Boston Marathon in 4 hours and 56 minutes and to raise a minimum of £4000. They both smashed these targets by completing the Marathon in 4 hours 30 minutes and raised an amazing total of £6154.71 for the charity.
Megan reflected on the whole experience:
I still can’t believe Carl and I have crossed that line! It doesn’t feel real. The London Marathon is something I’ve dreamed about doing since I was little and I never thought I’d actually do it! The last 6 months my whole life has revolved around the London Marathon from fundraising, to training and my diet. The day itself was just incredible I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole way round. The crowds were just fantastic and really carry you round the race. There was many times I had goosebumps from hearing my name! I am so grateful to our Tutors and University group for helping Carl and I reach our fundraising target and for making a dream come true. So thank you to them, family and friends for all the support and for believing in Carl and myself!Megan Hallam — Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching student