Get Kids Going!’s, Vice President, David Weir, narrowly missed out on his quest to be the greatest all time Virgin Money London Marathon winner.
David was going for his seventh win which would take him past fellow Get Kids Going!, Vice President, Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record of six London Marathon wins! David was, sadly, pipped at the post, by American, Joshua George who beat him to the line by only one second!
The men’s wheelchair marathon had lots of dramatic twists and turns with David being at the centre of them all. His greatest rival, Marcel Hugg, who had won the Boston Marathon earlier in the week, pulled out with a puncture so all eyes were then on David to beat Tanni’s amazing record. But sadly, shortly after mile 14, David’s gloves dramatically disintegrated meaning he had no option but to push with his bare hands all the way to the finish line! As he pulled into The Mall, the crowd were on their feet willing him on. As usual, David went for his dramatic sprint finish but narrowly missed the world record seventh win by an amazing one second. How close but how far could you be!
Shelly and David before the big day
After the race, David told reporters, “My thumb came through the glove so I was being forced to push very awkwardly for the last 10 miles and it took a lot out of me as I had to change my technique. "David has been supported by Get Kids Going! since he was a young boy and after his magnificent wins of four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games kindly agreed to be a Vice President of the charity and gives us all support possible to encourage disabled youngsters to participate in wheelchair sport.
He told Get Kids Going!, “My training has been going well but I am competing after getting an injury so I just went hoping to do my best for everyone and especially the charity who has been such a wonderful support and encouragement to me. I can not say thank you enough to all the wonderful people at Get Kids Going! for their belief in me and all I want to achieve in wheelchair racing. My dream is to get to the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016. I will be doing my best to get there”.
Justin going for a sprint finish!
In the women’s race, Get Kids Going!, ambassador, Shelly Woods sadly didn’t finish due to a puncture at mile 23. Shelly was disappointed not to complete the full 26.2 miles but after the race she said, “What an amazing atmosphere at the London Marathon today. I just could not do this without all the wonderful help the charity gives to me!... Don’t worry I will be back next year!”
As well as our athletes in the full marathon we had a number of talented youngsters competing in the Virgin Money Mini Wheelchair Marathon. Graham Spencer has been the runner-up in the boy’s under 14’s category for the last two years and after a fantastic race he managed to go one better and win his event. Well done to Graham.. what a fantastic achievement. We are so proud.
In the boys under 17 race, the Get Kids Going! wheelchair team enjoyed a brilliant morning of racing. Issac Towers and Dillon Labrooy came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Issac said, “I was frustrated to come second but pleased to be coming home with a medal and a new personal best time". Both Issac and Dillon said ”we couldn’t achieve all this without the wonderful help of everyone at Get Kids Going! Thank you so much”.
Issac competing in the Mini WheelchairLondon Marathon
In the girls under 14 race, Paralympic hopeful, Eden Rainbow-Cooper, enjoyed another successful Mini Marathon. We are delighted to see Eden finishing second as she shaved nearly three minutes off her time from last year. Eden is certainly one to watch for the future.
The charity also had a fantastic team of runners taking part in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon with over 300 runners enjoying the exciting atmosphere of race day! We would like to say a big thank you to them all for all their hard work in training and raising money for all the disabled youngsters who need their help. They all enjoyed the day and the wonderful support they received from the charity’s team of volunteers cheering them every step of the way to the finish line.
We are very proud of everyone who competed in Sunday’s race and would like to thank all our wonderful runners, supporters and volunteers for their magnificent effort, support and kindness. They certainly were the No.1 Team!
Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people - up to the age of 26 yrs - the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports' wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports' equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!.
Our aim is to give support to all our budding paralympians in the build up to the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games and the 2018 South Korea Winter Paralympics and many more such events. Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding for such youngsters from government and other sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.
There are hundreds of talented, disabled, youngsters who have the potential to participate in events throughout the UK and all over the world but receive either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long sporting dreams. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes!.
Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also provides manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. These are our wonderful athletes of the future! We believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going!.
We support children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. We take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is out grown is recycled to other children, so our supporters' valuable donations are never wasted. Many people who support Get Kids Going! feel a marvellous sense of achievement and satisfaction. They see that even the smallest donation makes an amazing difference! Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many wonderful opportunities that you and I take for granted. Opportunities they may never have without you and the support of Get Kids Going! No other charity in the UK focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in the same way.
The cost of a bespoke sports wheelchair is about £4,000. A lightweight manual wheelchair is around £3,000. All are designed individually, and perform just like a Formula 1 Racing Car!.
The cost of a sports grant can be anything from £500 to £15,000 per year for each youngster.
In general there are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in Britain who need the help of Get Kids Going!.
please help us turn their dreams into reality!.
Our work would not be possible if it wasn’t for the hundreds of runners who support Get Kids Going! throughout the year by running the Virgin Money London Marathon, Paris Marathon, Berlin Marathon, New York City Marathon, Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Paris Half Marathon, Richmond Festival Half Marathon, Great North Run, taking part in Ride London 100, L'Etape du Tour and the many other events and marathons worldwide. And also the numerous companies, trusts, schools and individuals who kindly give us such valuable donations and support. We’d like to say a ‘big thank you’ to you all.