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Introducing our 2017 London Marathon team

Introducing the brave men and women who are taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon for wounded veterans.

Please shout, cheer and follow the progress of our fundraisers to spur them on, training through the dark, cold months and raising fund for vulnerable veterans to regain their independence through employment.

If you’ve got a place in the ballot and want to join our team or would like to volunteer at our cheering station on mile 25, please email

You can see our team’s fundraising pages here or follow the links below. In no particular order….

Sharon Lister

“I am not a natural runner and prior to signing up for this challenge my running achievements amounted to two race for life 5k jogs…my wardrobe is full of high heels rather than running shoes!

I heard about WWTW through working in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk; myself and colleagues from the office have completed the last two Cumbrian Challenges for WWTW but I wanted to push myself even further.

“It really is a privilege to be part of the 2017 marathon team and support our veterans who have given so much in their service to our country. I will continue to do everything I can to help raise funds and awareness of the wonderful work this charity does and after the marathon I will be taking on my third Cumbrian Challenge!”

See Sharon’s fundraising page

Tom Swarbrick

Tom joined the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment in 2007 and was wounded serving in Afghanistan in 2012. He was medically discharged in 2014 as a result of his physical and mental injuries.

“Since leaving the army I found it extremely hard to deal with everything, my long-term relationship ended due to my mental ill-health and everything came crashing down at the same time.”

He was referred to Walking With The Wounded’s Project Nova programme after falling into the criminal justice system. Project Nova supported Tom with his court appearances and liaison with the police and helped Tom secure full time employment, that, in his own words “I’ve been able to hold on to for longer than 2 months.”

“Project Nova has given me a new direction in my life, and I want to run the London Marathon to try and raise some money for what they do as they went out of their way to support me in my time of need.”

See Tom’s fundraising page

Vicky Day

“I have never run distances before, this marathon is a tough business! Having worked for HM Forces and the Government since leaving school in the 1980’s, I feel honoured and privileged to be representing Walking With The Wounded and it’s commitment to ex-service personnel.

“The pivotal moment for me was meeting with injured soldiers, who were taking part in the Walk of Britain, they were truly awe inspiring. Without a moments hesitation I signed up for the Cumbrian Challenge, which I completed in May of this year and determined to push myself even harder to raise more money, I applied for a marathon position and was lucky enough to be offered a place to run for this amazing charity.

“I am really looking forward to the challenges and cant wait to share training tips with my fellow runners. Good luck everyone!”

See Vicky’s fundraising page

David Prior

“I’m 61, have been jogging for many years, but have never done a marathon although I have often thought about it.

“I first heard about WWTW when a soldier from my village did a 456 mile walk in 2015, and then my daughter’s work with them.

“When the opportunity came up to do the marathon for WWTW, it was the chance to fulfil a personal ambition and support a great cause at the same time – and so many of my sponsors have said what a great cause it is.”

See David’s fundraising page

Laura Hodgkins

Digital Delivery Performance Leader at Home Group. “I need to get a lot of mileage & hard graft in over the next few months to be able to have a fair crack at it, and hopefully making a difference to the charity will be my motivation. With knackered knees it’s proving to be more than a challenge!

See Laura’s fundraising page

Tilly Daly

“The London Marathon has been a dream since I was young, and in April 2017 I will pursue this dream. I will be turning 18 only a few days before the event, so I may even be the youngest taking part, making it physically and mentally challenging for my young body! I am looking forward to this challenge as I know the reward at the finish line will be greater than any challenges along the way.

“I am running in aid of an incredible charity and have known the founders of Walking With The Wounded all my life. I am always moved by the soldier’s strength of character having suffered severe injuries and feel that the support the charity gives them is immeasurable. I cannot imagine their lives without the support so I want to contribute in my own small way.

“I have already started my training, after lessons, with a friend, Fenella Redding, who is also taking part in this challenge with me.”

See Tilly’s fundraising page

Ian Barber

Director of M+A Partners based near WWTW’s HQ in North Norfolk. “It’s a great cause a local charity for me.”

See Ian’s fundraising page

Mark Gregory

CEO of Axis International Specialty at Axis Capital.

See Mark’s fundraising page

Sarah Kerr

A reservist with the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers in Bristol and structural engineer at Atkins Global.

See Sarah’s fundraising page

Jackie Boylan

Operations director at Speedflex Europe. “I want to give something back to those that have served us.”

See Jackie’s fundraising page

Ian Kennett

One of our unstoppable and most likeable fundraisers is doing even more having entered the ballot again and been successful! He also has the best fundraising page title.

See Ian’s fundraising page

Charlie Neate

“After watching my mum and both my sisters run the London Marathon in 2016, and finally turning 18, I was inspired to enter the general ballot for 2017 which by chance I got! This will be one of the greatest challenges I’ve undertaken so far so I’ll need all the support, whether this be through donations or on the side lines!

“I have decided to run for Walking With The Wounded which supports injured veterans (socially, mentally or physically) by helping them gain qualifications or skills needed to develop their careers outside of the Army. With a lot of my family being involved in the Army and as well as previously raising money for this charity through the Watt Bike Challenge at school, I thought this would be a great charity to support.”

See Charlie’s fundraising page

Richard Dye

A postman from Loddon in Norfolk who got a place in the ballot and has generously chosen to run for Walking With The Wounded.

See Richard’s fundraising page

Leon Clarance

Founder and CEO of Motion Picture Capital, inspired to run for WWTW after meeting a WWTW team taking part in the Grand to Grand Ultra.

See Leon’s fundraising page

Ed Parker

CEO and co-founder of Walking With The Wounded is back for more. Look at the photo and remember your vaseline!

Sponsor Ed’s efforts by donating to our team page