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Judith Dando

London Marathon in memory of Jill

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My story

[p]So I am very relieved to say that I finished and that I managed to run all the way. Not quite as fast as I had hoped - my official time was 5.09 but my Garmin Fenix (with GPS!) said that I had actually run 27.36 miles and that I completed the marathon distance of 26.2 miles in 4.53.43 - so i'm taking that! [/p][p]It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done but what a day!! It felt like the whole of London had come out to support us. Thank you so much to you all for your moral support over the past weeks and for your generosity in sponsoring me. [/p][p]It has been the most amazing and uplifting experience and I have received such kindness from friends and strangers near and far. Jill would have been so proud and the British Heart Foundation will benefit by around £8500 in her memory. She has certainly been with me in spirit. [/p][p]I have uploaded a few photos of my race and the friends I have met along the way…........thank Virgin Money for the Hospitality area start! :-)[/p][p]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/p][p]On 26th April 2019 it will be 20 years since my wonderful cousin Jill Dando was brutally murdered. Jill was not only a hugely talented broadcaster but she was much loved and respected by all who knew her. 20 years on I still think about her every day and how our lives might have evolved together. I know for certain that my world and that of all our family and her friends would be much richer if she was with us still.[/p][p]I wanted to mark this anniversary by doing a significant personal challenge so I am running the London Marathon - something I always swore I would never, ever do! The training hours spent pounding the streets and country trails will allow me to reflect on the anniversary away from the media merry-go-around and I like to think that Jill will be keeping me company. Along the way I hope to raise funds in her memory for the British Heart Foundation for whom she was a keen supporter. Jill had life-saving heart surgery as a child at the Bristol Children's Hospital and was forever grateful for the fabulous life it bestowed upon her. [/p][p]I am well past my physical peak so this run will be gruelling and the hardest physical challenge of my life. I hope that all those who loved Jill from near or far will support my endeavour in her memory in aid of the British Heart Foundation, a fantastic cause. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]
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May 28, 2019

Peter Sincock

Well Done Judith

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 12, 2019

Duncan Sperry


May 5, 2019

Michael D

Glorious and wonderful. Just like Jill.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019


Well done Judith. X


May 3, 2019


Well Done Judith!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019



May 1, 2019


You did it!!!!! Amazing Very proud of you it was a grueling undertaking but you did it!!!!

£75.00 plus £18.75 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Helen Mullinger

Wow Judith, what an achievement. Well Done ;-)

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Mark B

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019


Fantastic! What a feat! Xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid