Huge congratulations to our ten amazing London Marathon 2024 runners who did us proud last Sunday.  

Ed Kurno and Geraint Lloyd Brennan, both of Swansea, Penarth’s Luke Samra and Grant Robson, Joshua Evans and Gareth Booy, both of Pontypridd, Sarah Farley of Newport, Scott Burbidge-Smith of Old St Mellons, Rachel O’Keefe of Dinas Powys, and Sutton Coldfield’s Jon Samrai have so far, between them, raised more than £18,000 for us – and the money is still coming in.

It was second time around for Joshua, of Pontypridd, who ran in in memory of his little brother Alex, who was cared for by Tŷ Hafan before he died.

“Tŷ Hafan is a children’s hospice in Cardiff and my younger brother was able to be part of the Tŷ Hafan family an number of years ago. The care he received was second to none and it made a massive difference to his life. Not only do Tŷ Hafan support the children but their families, as a family we felt that care and support,” he said.

“I ran the London Marathon 14 years ago for Tŷ Hafan and this time it was another easy choice to raise the money for them. I’m 14 years older, unfit and with two dodgy knees but the pain will be worth it to help such a fantastic charity.”

Meanwhile, for Geraint Lloyd Brennan it was not only his first London Marathon, but his first ever marathon.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to run and raise money for you guys,” he said after completing the event. “It has been a genuine pleasure and such an unreal experience – especially as that was my first ever marathon too.”

Rebecca Crockett, Events Officer for Tŷ Hafan, said: “I’d like to congratulate all our London Marathon 2024 runners on their great achievement. I’d also like to thank them all for not only putting the training in to run the London marathon for us but for putting in the effort to fundraise for Tŷ Hafan as well.

“Of those families in Wales who live with the unimaginable reality that their child’s life will be short, a shocking 90% currently do so without the support they need. This is why people taking part in amazing events such as the London Marathon are so important for us because by pushing themselves, they’re making sure that more of these families aren’t pushed to the limit.

“It was a brilliant event and the atmosphere was amazing. We were so excited to see our runners going past us at our cheer station at mile 25. We are really proud of them all.

“There is still time to donate if anyone wants to support our London Marathon runners and has not yet done so. Finally if anyone has been inspired by our fantastic runners then you can apply for a space at next year’s event here


Here’s how they did:

Grant Robson finished in 3 hrs 19 mins and 20 seconds

Scott Burbidge-Smith finished in 3 hrs 27 mins and 29 seconds

Rachel O’Keefe finished in 4 hrs 25 mins and 29 seconds

Luke Samra finished in 4 hrs and 29 mins

Jon Samrai finished in 4 hrs 29 mins

Geraint Lloyd Brennan finished in 5 hrs 26 mins and 28 seconds

Ed Kurno finished in 5 hrs 36 mins and 30 seconds

Gareth Booy finished in 5 hrs 44 mins and 33 seconds

Sarah Farley finished in 5hrs and 51 minutes

Joshua Evans finished in 5 hrs 59 minutes and 5 seconds

Pictured below: 18-year-old Luke Samra and Jonathan Samrai getting ready to run the London Marathon 2024.