A team of nine runners, along with their sponsors from Inverness Travel, are heading to London this weekend to represent Highland Hospice in the London Landmarks Half Marathon.
The event has been postponed twice – having been previously scheduled for both March 2020 and May 2021 – so it’s third time lucky for the runners.
Inverness Travel has generously donated and organised all flights, accommodation and travel for the Hospice’s participation in the event, a 13.1 mile challenge which goes through the heart of central London.
Highland Hospice Communications Officer Wendy Morgan, who is running her first Half Marathon on Sunday, said, “Our team first registered for this event back in 2019 so it has been a long time in the waiting! We still can’t believe it is actually taking place, and are all looking forward to the challenge.”
“Having Inverness Travel as our sponsor has been a tremendous support. Scott has taken care of all our requirements, even booking our meals as he knows London so well. When Inverness Travel first got on board as our sponsor, little did they realise they would be booking and re-booking our arrangements three times, so they really have gone above and beyond and we can’t thank Scott and Sarah enough for this.”
“Our team are a real mix of abilities when it comes to running, and the added heat in London may make the event more challenging. However, I’ve heard the atmosphere on the day is phenomenal and the fact that we proudly representing Highland Hospice in our yellow vests will carry us all through.”
Scott Murray added, “It’s a privilege to team up with the Highland Hospice, which has supported so many local people over the years. At Inverness Travel, we book trips to London nearly every day of the week, so we are more than happy to take this stress away and let the runners concentrate on completing the route and raising vital money for the Highland Hospice. “
The London Landmarks Half Marathon is a closed road, central London run and is the only half marathon to go through both the City of London and City of Westminster.
The race starts on Pall Mall, finishes by Downing Street and takes runners past London’s most iconic landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye.
Team Highland Hospice members are:
Wendy Morgan, Jackie Carruthers, Judith Colligan, Marc Wilson, Andrew Morgan, William Robertson, Chloe Robertson, Lee Thomson and Kellie Calder.