Spirit of the London Marathon Awards
Scott Mitchell, who inspired eight members of the EastEnders cast to run the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon and helped to raise a record £4 million for Dementia Research, was one of the inspirational runners to receive a 2019 Spirit of The London Marathon Award.
London Marathon passed a world-beating landmark in the history of the world’s greatest marathon as charity fundraising reached £1billion! For the 13th consecutive year London Marathon set a world record for fundraising at an annual single-day event, with an astonishing £66.4 million raised for charity.
It is against this backdrop of wonderful altruism and amazing physical endeavour that VMLM launched its Spirit of London Marathon Awards in 2018 and there were six new inductees this year led by Scott Mitchell, husband of long-time EastEnders actor and national treasure, Dame Barbara Windsor, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014 and has been living with dementia for five years.
Scott persuaded actors Emma Barton, Jamie Borthwick, Natalie Cassidy, Tanya Franks, Kellie Shirley, Jane Slaughter, Jake Wood and Adam Woodyatt to form ‘Barbara’s Revolutionaries’ and run to help raise £4million for Dementia Revolution – the official Charity of the Year of VMLM.
Mitchell said: “When I entered the Virgin Money London Marathon, I was not a runner. I just wanted to do some good. I did it with a team as well, so it wasn’t just me. To be among the other winners, who are just incredible, is really moving. I’m absolutely overwhelmed to have been awarded a Spirit of The London Marathon Award.”
Spirit of London Marathon Awards 2019 also went to the following (pictured left to right above with Scott Mitchell):
- Helen Williams – Les Croupiers Running Club member who has cerebral palsy and a learning disability and improved her PB by 27 minutes to 6 hours 22 minutes after a fall the day before the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon ruined her chance of making progress there.
- James Ingram – former Daily Star Sunday Showbiz Editor who has run 10 consecutive London Marathons and raised more than £358,000 for various charities with his celebrity contacts.
- 'Blind Dave' Heeley – 16 London Marathons and an extraordinary list of physical achievements including cliff jumping in Corfu, Marathon des Sables and Comrades Marathon.
- Jane Smith – whose plans to run in 2018 were put on hold while she dealt with breast cancer and the resulting mastectomy and reconstructive surgery and then completed the run for Macmillan Cancer Support this year, just 11 weeks after total hip replacement surgery.
Images courtesy Virgin Money London Marathon