STANFORD-le-Hope residents Aron and Ryan Farmer were among 47 runners who took on the legendary London Marathon in support of the National Deaf Children’s Society on Sunday, 28 April.
Aron, 23, finished the marathon in four hours five minutes and Ryan, 28, finished in five hours 41 minutes. The brothers have raised £5,837 so far for the National Deaf Children’s Society.
They were inspired to take on the famous 26.2 mile course, starting in Greenwich Park and finishing on the Mall, by Ryan’s son Tristan, who was born deaf. The family is receiving ongoing support from the charity.
The brothers were spurred on by staff and supporters at the charity’s Tower Bridge and Westminster cheer points.
The National Deaf Children’s Society, which supports the UK’s 50,000 deaf children, is set to benefit to the tune of over £110,000 thanks to the combined fundraising efforts of the 47 runners.
Aron is a data analyst at a family-run insurance brokers in Romford, while Ryan is a housing strategy manager at Thurrock Council in Grays. Ryan lives with wife Rachel, 28, and children Darcy, 5, and Tristan, 2.
Aron said:”After seeing the amazing work the National Deaf Children’s Society had done for my nephew and his family, I knew I wanted to give something back.
“At around 22 miles I had slowed to a walk, but another National Deaf Children’s Society runner came up beside me and said ‘come on, you’ve got this.’ That one message of encouragement was enough to get those tired legs running again.
“This was truly one of the hardest challenges I have ever had, but also one of the most rewarding. Knowing that all of our hard work had helped the National Deaf Children’s Society is something I will never forget.”
Ryan added: “We both chose to run for the National Deaf Children’s Society because my son Tristan is profoundly deaf and they have provided some great support to us.
“Running towards Tower Bridge, knowing that our friends and family were all there waiting to support us was an amazing feeling. It was really emotional. And then that final bend by Buckingham Palace where you see the finish line and you know your medal is waiting and all your hard work pays off in a couple of hundred metres – that was an absolute highlight.”
John Larkin, of the National Deaf Children’s Society’s Events Fundraising Team, said:
“I want to say a huge congratulations to Aron, Ryan and all our wonderful runners who took on this event for the National Deaf Children’s Society. It’s an incredible achievement and we’re so grateful for every penny they’ve raised.
“Thanks to the selflessness of supporters like Aron and Ryan, we’re able to keep on doing what we do, supporting deaf children and their families across the UK, now and into the future.”