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Thanks to Team LAA for their Marathon Effort!

Running 26.6 miles, whether that’s on the streets of London or good old Leicester, is no mean feat. That's why we are so impressed that six brave runners took up the challenge to run the London Marathon and the Virtual London Marathon on Sunday, 3rd October. We caught up with a few of Team LAA’s Virtual London Marathon and London Marathon runners to find out more about their preparations. 


Dynamic PA to local hairdressing entrepreneur, Barrie Stephen, Chelsea Read (bottom middle) has been a stalwart supporter of LAA since 2018. Chelsea has been waiting to complete the famous London Marathon for over a year as the 2020 race was cancelled due to Covid-19 safety concerns. However, on Sunday, 3rd October, Chelsea will be cruising past the Cutty Sark and other iconic landmarks, along with the other 99,999 other runners.

Chelsea says, “I am proud to be running the London Marathon for LAA. Animals don’t have a voice and they can’t change their own situation. They rely on charities like LAA to find them the loving home they deserve. No animal deserves to be mistreated or unloved. I want to raise as much money as possible to help LAA continue their amazing work.”

You can donate to Chelsea’s page here 


Lisa Bettoney (left) is one of the runners from the fab Desford Striders, a local running club that kindly chose LAA as their Charity of the Year for 2021. Since then, the club has been hard at work holding a number of fundraisers for our animals in and amongst their weekly meet-ups and training sessions.   

You can donate to Lisa’s page here


A special mention should go to Chris Jackson (above right) who stepped in at the last minute to run the London Marathon for his friend and fellow Desford Strider, Stuart Hall who sadly passed away last month. Chris says, "This one's for Stuart who sadly can't be there but I am proud to take up the baton and run in his honour." LAA would like to say a special thank you to the Striders for all they have done for us this year. The fundraising page is available here.

We would also like to thank our other Virtual London Marathon runners, Elizabeth, Joy and Laurie for their mammoth efforts. Training for a marathon is an achievement in itself. As Elizabeth says, I am looking forward to the day... I hope the legs hold out." We hope so too! 

Good luck and thanks so much all!