Formby Befriending Scheme

London Marathon Runners

Congratulations to James and Debbie who, in October, completed the 2021 London Marathon raising money for the Befriending Scheme. We’re very grateful to both for their fundraising and for all their training and efforts preparing for a gruelling 26 miles.

James used our allocated Charity place deferred from April 2020 due to the pandemic, and ran an incredibly fast time of 3 hours 2 minutes. He was well chuffed with this! Each year, the Marathon organisers allocate 1 place each to 500 small charities, this being additional to the thousands of multiple places used by bigger charities. This was James’ first London marathon although he has run the distance several times before including New York, Chicago and Liverpool and now hopes to run the Boston marathon. You can still sponsor James and the link is

Debbie is a veteran of London marathons having run 3 before this year. Debbie had been allocated a ballot place for this year but voluntarily offered to raise money for our Scheme for which we’re especially grateful as there was no requirement for her to do this. Despite knee problems and heavy strapping, Debbie ran 5 hours 40 minutes, dressed as the fairy Tinkerbell! To sponsor Debbie, the link is

Well done to both Debbie and James!!