The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the great British sporting events, combining elite athletics, mass participation and record-breaking fundraising in one race. The course is a gruelling 26 miles, 385 yards long, passing through the streets of London from Blackheath to the famous finish line in The Mall.

This year’s marathon – taking place Sunday 13 April – will once again test the mettle of even the fittest of runners. Therefore The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) is humbled to be the chosen charity for a number of brilliant fundraisers.

Here’s just a little bit about them – and a massive good luck (and thank you!) to them all in advance.   

John Bell



“As usual not done near enough training as planned but hey ho,” started John’s email to the RNRMC late last month.

The Chief Petty Officer, working for the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Careers service, is making a trip down from Carlisle to prove that – despite now being on the “right hand” side of 50 years old – he is still able to make a good effort on behalf of his “own” Naval charity.

Despite his own scepticism, John is looking to better his 3:46:38 record set at the Edinburgh Marathon in 2010.

Support John (“Fat Boy”) Bell's London Marathon for the RNRMC at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnBell1753

Matthew Wakefield

Matthew has been pushing his friends, family and colleagues especially hard in his attempt to raise funds for his Marathon.

Matthew has already surpassed the £500 mark (“not including Gift Aid”) and will be seen sporting an RNRMC-branded top on the day to help the charity’s name – and his cash-pot – go even further.

Support Matthew’s London Marathon for the RNRMC at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MatthewWakefield3

Rhodri Humphreys

Not only has Rhodri chosen to fundraise for the RNRMC at this year’s London Marathon – but he’s also decided to put his legs into action next year, for an epic Channel Swim.

Known as the ‘Mount Everest of swimming’, the English Channel is considered as the most gruelling swim in the world. On his 2015 challenge, Rhodri will face between 10-20 hours in the water, fighting against temperatures of 15-18 degrees centigrade whilst dodging both jellyfish and ships.

“Being a swimmer, I do not take naturally to running, so am anticipating a long, hard slog on the day,” says Rhodri.

Support Rhodri’s London Marathon for the RNRMC at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/dovertocalaisthehardway

David Turner and the Northwood team


David, alongside four fellow runners, has a close affiliation to the Royal Navy (Joint Forces Headquarters Northwood) and his team has been working extremely hard to hit a (whopping) target of £5,000.

Dozens of generous donations from their supporters have seen them make nearly half of that target so far.

Support the team’s run for the RNRMC at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/topsy001

Ted Shaw

Ted, who works for the Babcock International Group, has just passed the £100 mark in his fundraising drive for the RNRMC – and is also hoping to make a big impression on the day.

Support Ted’s London Marathon for the RNRMC at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TedShaw1