It’s exhausting just to watch from the comfort of your sofa but in October thousands of people took part in the London Marathon. Among the hordes were some dedicated souls running for The Big Issue Foundation.
In total, our team of nine runners raised £18,272.95 to support Big Issue vendors.
We caught up with some of them to find out what it was like – and why they wanted to support The Big Issue Foundation.
“As a social worker with children and families on the front line, I often see first-hand how people are affected by austerity cuts and the cost-of-living crisis. And I often see how benefits do not stretch very far and how close people are to poverty, homelessness and mental ill health.
“During the race I was really struck by the diversity of runners, with people of all ages and abilities running. It was so inspiring and emotional to see. Thank you to The Big Issue Foundation for this amazing experience!”
“I enjoyed seeing signs like: ‘Pain is just bread in French’ and: ‘You’re running faster than my gas bill’ but there was one moment when a woman just ahead of me starting walking, shaking her head and crying very close to the end, but what seemed to be a complete stranger just behind her scooped her up and was like: ‘I’ve been using you as my pacer since mile six and I don’t plan on stopping now, come on’!”