Hayes runs the marathon to raise funds for BNMT
Hannah first heard
about BNMT through her father, who is a keen walker and having been to
Nepal many times has seen the impact of the charity first-hand.
A couple of years ago he went on an ambitious walk across Europe and
through this began raising money for the charity. (John Hayes'
"I'm not much of a walker, instead I like to run. I had
done a few 10km runs before and one half marathon a few years ago, but
never a marathon. As a runner, I saw it as the ultimate
challenge and always wanted to be able to say that I'd completed
one. With this personal challenge in mind I also saw it as an
excellent opportunity to help my Dad reach his ambitious fundraising
target for BNMT and to speak to my own network of friends and
colleagues about the charity.
"I was overwhelmed at the support I had when training and the
generous donations from my friends, family and colleagues. Many
people were particularly generous as they knew it was a great cause.
"With four months of training through rain, wind and snow the
race day itself was a beautiful sunny Spring day (it must have been
the first of the year). I ran non-stop for four and a half hours
until I crossed the finish line. It was an amazing feeling and
worth the pain of my feet and toes the following days! I'm
really thrilled to have been able to raise over £1,000 for BNMT's Community Based Child Nutrition Programme and
am grateful to everyone who supported me along the way."
A report on the Community Based Child Nutrition Programme supported by Hannah and John Hayes can be found on our Reports page.