Capital day for Adoption UK fundraiser who completed the London Marathon

Published: 27.04.16

“It was an incredible experience!” That’s how Adoption UK fundraiser James Tillcock described taking part in the 2016 London Marathon.
Capital day for Adoption UK fundraiser who completed the London Marathon

James completed the world-famous 26-mile run in an impressive time of three hours and 37 minutes and in doing so has raised more than £700 for Adoption UK.

The 33 year-old father of two said: “The atmosphere was incredible. There’s a buzz from the moment you arrive in London. There are thousands of people as you make your way towards the start-point of the race.

“Then, when the race starts you begin to appreciate just how many spectators have made the effort to come to watch and cheer you on as well.  As we ran across central London there were DJs playing music outside of pubs, who would shout ‘Come On!’ into their mics to encourage us as we ran passed.”

 The assistant accountant, from Middleton Cheney, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, had hoped to complete the marathon within four hours, so he was delighted to finish more than 20 minutes before his targeted time.

He said: “I wasn’t in pain until the last four or five miles. My legs started aching and feeling heavy – that was when the crowd kept me going. My name was printed on my vest so strangers in the crowd would shout ‘Keep going James!’ It’s an amazing pick me up and it really keeps you going.”

Asked how he felt after completing his first ever marathon, James replied: “I was relieved...proud...shattered...and had a sense of great achievement. Running a marathon is the toughest thing I’ve ever done but I would definitely do it again so I will be applying for next year.”

James chose to raise funds for Adoption UK as his wife Louise Tillcock, works for the charity as a finance assistant.

He said: “I celebrated back at home with Louise by opening a bottle of bubbly, ordering a takeaway and putting my feet up for a well-earned rest!”

So far James has raised £725 (including Gift Aid) in sponsorship. If you would like to donate, you can do so by visiting his Just Giving page by clicking here.

Adoption UK is calling on anyone inspired by James’s marathon run to also get involved. Whether you have signed up for an organised event, like James, or are organising your own fundraising activity, and are thinking about which charity to support, Adoption UK would welcome your support and the opportunity to work together and raise much needed funds and awareness for adoption.

There is a range of events across the UK that you could sign up for with a summary at www.adoptionuk.org/supportus/events-challenges or call the Fundraising Team on 01295 752260 for more information.