London Marathon 2017

Meet the inspirational fundraisers who will be representing the Mary Stevens Hospice in this year's London Marathon!

London Marathon 2017 Team MSH

Team MSH at London Marathon 2017

Meet the inspirational fundraisers raising money for us at the London Marathon 2017.

For ease, we’ve detailed each of our superstars below, and we think you’ll agree that a finer five you’ll struggle to find.

James Meade

James Meade London Marathon 2017 runnerThis guy is a pro, as you can tell from the action-shot running picture, race number and trademark running hat.

This young man is James Meade, and on April 23rd he’ll be representing the Hospice in memory of his beloved Mom, who fought a brave battle with cancer before she passed in January 2015.

Now we don’t think it’s unfair to say, we think a lot of James and we also expect a lot of him. Obviously, we don’t condone gambling but if you were going to have a tenner on anyone this year then we think James might just be your man. There are rumours that this is the guy Sir Mo has nightmares about racing.

Although you didn’t hear that from us.

Good luck James, your Mom would be so proud of everything you’ve achieved.

To sponsor James, click here:

Jim Pycraft

Jim Pycraft London Marathon 2017 Hospice fundraiserJim Pycraft is a local lad with a heart of gold, and while he’s no stranger to running, this will be his first ever London Marathon.

Sadly, Jim’s big brother Stuart passed away in April 2009, and this remarkable man has raised a fantastic amount of money for charitable causes in his brother’s memory since then.

So join us in wishing Jim the best of luck for his big trip down to the capital, we couldn’t be prouder of him representing the Hospice!

To sponsor our Jim, please visit:

Morag Drysdale

Morag Drysdale london marathon 2017 fundraiser

This is a fantastic woman, who is making one heck of a journey to be there on the 23rd April.

Morag Drysdale is travelling down from CUMBRIA to raise money for two causes incredibly close to her heart, ourselves and the wonderful Marie Curie UK.

Her father was supported by the fantastic team at Marie Curie, before he sadly passed away last year. Around a similar sort of time, her father-in-law spent time here in the Hospice before his passing, which, as you can imagine, has meant both sides of Morag‘s family have had to overcome some incredibly difficult times in the last year.

So when she got her place in the Marathon, she decided she wanted to support both charities and we’re incredibly grateful for her taking motivation to do something so wonderful, in such impossibly difficult circumstances.

So, everyone, meet Morag – she’s a superwoman and we hope she enjoys her trip down from the North!

If you’d like to support Morag, please click here: 

Matt Cox

Matt Cox London Marathon 2017 fundraiser

The next of our heroic marathon runners is Matt Cox, and Matt’s reasons for taking on this incredible challenge lie very close to home.

A number of Matt’s family members have spent time here at the Hospice, so we can personally vouch for the fact Matt’s family are made of stern stuff.

So when he says he’s going to run his first marathon, we have absolutely no worries that what he actually means is that he’s going absolutely smash his first marathon.

You’ve got this Matt, good luck and thank you for your incredible support!

To sponsor Matt, click here: 

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips London Marathon 2017 fundraiserLast, but by no means least, is our Gary.

Gary is travelling down to the capital in support of a good friend, and to raise money and awareness for us here at the Hospice.

As you can see, Gary is no stranger to a big run, but as he acknowledges himself – the 16 weeks of training, watching your diet and not treating yourself to a drink of something nice are quite a commitment for anyone and he’s looking forward to taking on one of the most difficult challenges available in the UK.

We know that Gary is going to do absolutely brilliantly, and if you would like to support him then please visit:


So this is the dream team. If you’re in London for the weekend, keep an eye out for the Hospice reps along the route and make sure you cheer them every step of the way!

You can do it Team MSH, we’re so proud of you for this incredible thing you’re doing!