Virgin Money London Marathon

26 April 2020

Spotlight on our 2020 Runners

Katy Kemp

Katy Kemp with her two daughters

The London marathon has been a big part of my family’s life over the years. My great uncle was a big fan of watching and collecting memorabilia from the start. I have watched my older sister cross the line twice, so I’m very excited to see the crowds / atmosphere and the sights of London on the day.

My step-sister Hannah and her partner Dean have two gorgeous boys Thomas and Harry. Last year, they discovered Thomas has Usher syndrome, an inherited condition which affects both sight and hearing. Thomas is such a bright, sociable and caring little boy, both Hannah and Dean are positive for his future but depend heavily on the medical research of Retina UK to ensure Thomas can lead a fulfilling life.

With two small girls aged four and one, training has been hard! My husband has been amazing supporting and ‘holding the fort’ each time I head out for a few hours running!

I completed a half marathon before Christmas and have the London Landmarks Half Marathon coming up in March. Then the last big 20 mile race, the Milton Keynes Festival of Running, before the big day!

James Clubb

James Clubb standing next to a tree overlooking a turquoise colour lake

I have chosen to run the London Marathon to challenge myself both physically and mentally and to support a close work colleague in their efforts to raise vital funds to support research and treatment for those living with inherited sight loss. I have seen first-hand through a work colleague just how Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) can affect people’s daily lives.

Training is going very well! I have already been able to slim down dramatically and I am approaching a comfortable race weight through more cardiovascular orientated training. I am building up the mileage steadily and running twice a week with long distance runs either through London parks or along the English coast.