This past October, Michael Daniels and his two brothers, Richard and Antony, chose to run for Team Starlight in the 2021 London Marathon in memory of Richard’s late son Jacob Daniels.
Jacob passed away suddenly in 2007 at three years old, and since then Michael, his brothers, and many other family members have supported and hosted numerous fundraisers for Starlight.
This year’s race was extra special as this was the first race all three brothers were able to do together since the mid-80s. Their mum was even able to fly in from South Africa after quarantining in Paris to support them on their big day.
During his short time with us, Jacob brought a lot of joy, happiness and laughter. This is what Starlight do on a daily basis for children and families in dire need of some light.
Despite the race being in the midst of Covid-19’s complications, Michael would still recommend taking on the London Marathon challenge and joining Team Starlight.
With massive support stands at the 14 mile marker and the finish line, thousands of fans cheering you on, and 40,000+ fellow runners lending their support, Michael said the day was never short of encouraging cheers.
But the best part for Michael was the opportunity to run with a purpose. With the memory of Jacob and the thought of the kids and families Starlight supports, Micahel had the motivation he needed to make it through the year’s training and the tough race.
At every yard of the 26.2 miles, [there are] people clapping, shouting encouragement to strangers, handing out sweets, waters, energy gels, and waving banners with jokes or inspirational messages!
When you join Team Starlight, you are joining a support system that will guide you throughout your London Marathon journey.
Starlight HQ will send you our fundraising pack that will provide you with advice and materials to help you on your fundraising journey. We’ll also be sure you’re fully trained on the big race day by providing you with expert training advice throughout the year.
And on the big day, you can find all of Starlight on the sidelines cheering you on throughout the race. You can cross that iconic finish line knowing your efforts are helping us provide play for seriously ill children across the UK.
If you’re interested in joining Team Starlight for the 2022 London Marathon, please fill out this form and someone from our fundraising team will get back to you. We’re so excited cheer you on every step of your London Marathon journey!