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From event planning pro to London Landmarks half marathon runner

Written by Team AE


Imogen Fowler our Events Project Manager is no stranger to high pressure events full of adrenaline and satisfaction, but she recently took part in a different kind of event. 


Imogen Fowler Running London Landmarks Half Marathon

Here is Imogen’s inspiring and personal story: 

 

“Reflecting on my journey towards the London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) 2024 fills me with a real sense of empowerment.  On Sunday 7 April, amidst London's bustling streets, iconic landmarks and some very strong winds, I took on the running mission fuelled by purpose, determination and pasta - lots of pasta.

 

“24,514 people took part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) 2024, running the 13.1 mile route past London landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul's, and new for 2024 – the Cheesegrater and Scalpel. The LLHM is organised by Tommy's and is open to the whole charity sector.

 

“The spark that ignited my running journey was deeply personal; witnessing my Dad's experience of a mini stroke in 2023 served as a reason to take on the LLHM and raise money for The British Heart Foundation. 


“Training for this marathon was more than just physical preparation; it was a testament to resilience, perseverance, and hope. My Dad and I agreed, if I could complete a half marathon, he would complete a 5km parkrun as part of my training with me. So, over the course of 10 months, I started on the NHS Couch to 5k plan, and worked my way up, slowly but surely to a 10-mile run.

 

“As I navigated the pavement on race day, and with each step, I carried not just the weight of my own aspirations, but also the hopes of those affected by heart and circulatory conditions and their loved ones.

 

“I put myself in the last wave for the event, so as not to get in the way of any future Olympians attempting a PB and can confidently say this was a great choice. I was surrounded by amazing people, who, slowly but surely, were making their own mark for charity.

 

“Whilst I had a smile on my face for the whole 21km, I found myself welling up reading the t-shirts of others, passing the charity cheer stations and receiving pats on the back from other runners, urging each other to keep going. Through some very short breaths, I even managed to speak to another woman wearing a BHF top, about why she was running - and why we weren’t shopping on Oxford Street instead.

 

Imogen running


“The London Landmarks Half Marathon 2024 wasn't just a race; it was a testament to the power of community and collective action. With thousands of people taking part, it showcases human spirit at its best and an unwavering commitment to creating a better future for everyone.

 

“Thank you to those who supported me with kind words, incredible donations and top tips on making it to the finish line. Especially to the spectator who held a sign saying, ‘Pain is just French for bread’, that really got me through!”





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