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Revealed: Your 2024 VSA Marathon Team!

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Good luck to our Marathon Runners!

VSA are delighted to once again be represented at the UK’s premier marathons this April - including the London Marathon and for the first time, the Brighton Marathon.

Our eight runners will join thousands of participants across the UK - and further afield - to take on the experience of running 26.2 miles and earn that all important medal!

Not only will our team set out to achieve something incredible, their fundraising in aid of VSA will play a vital part in changing the lives of vulnerable children and adults.

How to follow VSA's Marathon team on Sunday April 7th (Brighton) and Sunday April 21st (London)...

  • Download the official "TCS London Marathon" and "Brighton Marathon" apps for iPhone and Android. Search for our runners within the Tracker function (by either full name or bib number)
  • During the TV coverage of the London Marathon, don't miss the BBC iPlayer "Finish Cam" to see our runners cross the finish line!
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Meet our 2024 runners...

Ann McRobb (Brighton Marathon, Sunday April 7th)


Director of Ann McRobb Associates, Ann, 50, is taking on her first marathon, being cheered on by husband Gary and friends who are making the trip to the South Coast this weekend. Ann and Gary have been incredible supporters of VSA over the past few years and they have already raised over £1300 from this challenge alone.

UPDATE: Ann finished the Brighton Marathon in 6 hours 18 minutes! Congratulations!

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Simon Laws (Brighton Marathon, Sunday April 7th)

Development Manager Simon enjoyed the experience of the Great North Run so much last year, that he now wants to achieve the full 26.2 miles of a marathon!

"I have supported VSA for a number of years by attending and organising teambuilding days with work. We have been able to make a meaningful difference doing voluntary work for VSA at their Easter Anguston Farm & Broomhill locations and have fun in the process", he says. "Taking on the marathon challenge seemed like a good idea for a great cause - I'm looking forward to the post-run euphoria (hopefully!), perhaps with a beer to celebrate!"

"I'm expecting a great atmosphere in Brighton with hopefully loads of people to cheer us on!"

UPDATE: Simon finished the Brighton Marathon in 3 hours 50 minutes! Congratulations!

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Antony Ritchie (Brighton Marathon, Sunday April 7th)

Our third Brighton runner is Antony, who works in Digital Marketing.

Antony, 44, enjoyed the experience of the London Marathon so much last year, with barely any prior running experience, that he now wants to go for a second marathon medal while raising funds for VSA.

"I just got the bug!" he explains, "Whether I can my beat my time in London doesn't matter - I'm just aiming to see my wife Julie who will be cheering me on, alongside my fellow runners Ann and Simon at the finish line with their medals, that will be good enough for me!"

UPDATE: Antony finished the Brighton Marathon in 5 hours 31 minutes! Congratulations!

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Simon Proudler (London Marathon, Sunday April 21st)

Meet 40 year old Si, who works for Ithaca Energyand is excited to take on the London Marathon!

"I don’t have a running history apart from the Great North Run 6 years ago. Apart from that I would do the odd 5km run - so this is definitely a challenge!"

"⁠Being from Teesside I wasn't familiar with VSA at first but after a bit of research I was amazed by the amount of hard work that goes in to help vulnerable people of Aberdeen. I have since found VSA is an excellent charity and I would love to help/support them in the future.", he explains.

"I'm looking forward to seeing my wife and son at the finish line - hopefully with a cold beer!"

Si has already raised an impressive £1000 for VSA through his fundraising!

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Raghav Manchanda (London Marathon, Sunday April 21st)

Raghav, 27, will also be experiencing a marathon the first time. "I am looking forward to running in my home city", he says.

"It's great to be supporting a good cause in a city which has become a second home for me!"

A drilling engineer at BP, he will be cheered on in London by his friends and family.

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Stacy Simmers (London Marathon, Sunday April 21st)

Stacy will be running the London Marathon alongside cousin Catrina - both are taking part in aid of VSA!

This will be 26 year old Surveyor Stacy's second marathon after enjoying the experience of running Paris in 2022 - and she is looking to beat her time as well as take in the special atmosphere on the day itself.

"I have always wanted to run the London Marathon so it's amazing to be able to do so and raise money for such a great charity at the same time!"

She will be cheered on by her parents, 3 sisters and brother in law.

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Catrina Simmers (London Marathon, Sunday April 21st)

Catrina, 25 - along with Stacy (above) will be running London together.

Accountant Catrina started running around 7 years ago and like Stacy has ran one marathon before.

"I am really looking forward to the atmosphere and running down that last straight! Stacy and I have been fundraising together for VSA and it's great to raise awareness of an amazing local charity!"

Between Catrina and Stacy, they have so far raised over £4000 for VSA - amazing!

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Nick Gill (London Marathon, Sunday April 21st)

Nick completes our 2024 line up!

Like Si, Nick works at Ithaca Energy and this will be his first ever marathon.

"I am looking forward to running over Tower Bridge and the atmosphere there", he says. "I am running not only to support a local charity but to inspire my kids Eddie and Jo."

Nick has smashed his original fundraising target, so far he has raised over £2200!

Alongside Eddie and Jo will be Nick's wife Morag cheering him on. Good luck Nick!

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