The 3rd October was a stormy night but the rain and wind didn’t deter Sian Dudgeon and her running companions from completing the virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon at midnight.
Sian Dudgeon was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Sian has been running for 10 years and due to her passion for it she had already committed to participating in the marathon but decided that she would like to raise money for The Royal Marsden. Together with her running companions they completed the race and each ran an outstanding total of 26.2 miles each.
The Caterham Pumas generously donated the use of their club house which made a much needed base for the group. The Caterham and District Independent were there at the starting point and the buzz of emotions, nerves and excitement filled the clubhouse.
The group of 13 accompanied by cyclists began the race at midnight and ran through the streets of Caterham. Many residents may have heard their laughter, chatter and music playing as they passed by. Their route took them along the Coulsdon Road, past Court and Manor Road, through Caterham High Street, past Caterham Dene, a lap of the aerodrome and back towards The Fox Pub on Coulsdon Common. Local resident David Franks also ran his first marathon.
Bacon butties awaited their arrival at the club house. The families had prepared breakfast and goodies which were ready for them upon arrival when the first runner came through the doors at 4am.
Hedley known as the ‘Ultra Runner’ from South London Harriers (where most of the group train) supported and accompanied them through the run. He explained “So many impressive performances tonight that wasn’t easy with no crowds and London atmosphere but we had Hannah and a speaker and made our own! Marathon running requires lots of mental strength (especially with rain like that!) you girls have that in abundance!”
On finishing the race and filled with emotion, Sian said (as she spoke about her friends) “ They are an amazing group of people and personally it meant the world to me having such huge support, helping raise money for a charity that will be pivotal in helping me beat this wretched disease. Thank you all for all being there.”
The team have raised in excess of £2500 for The Royal Marsden. You can still donate by going to