London Marathon


Pupils raise money for charity after completing London Marathon 2018

Two Royal Hospital School pupils have raised money for the Whizz-Kidz charity by completing the hottest London Marathon on record.

Kieran F and Nathan M took part in the 38th annual London Marathon racing with 40,000 other competitors successfully completing the full course of 26.219 miles. The two runners raced side-by-side in temperatures peaking at 24.1 °C up until mile 17 when Nathan started to feel the effects of the record-breaking heat. Feeling he was holding Kieran back, who still looked comfortable, he told him to continue at his own pace. Kieran was able to finish the race in an admirable 4 hours 49 minutes and Nathan persevered to cross the line in 5 hours 38 minutes. The school is unaware of any other pupils who have completed the London Marathon while still at school and so Kieran and Nathan currently hold that honour also*.

The pupils used the opportunity to raise money for charity and raised over £2,300 for the charity Whizz-Kidz. The charity aim to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults by providing the right mobility equipment, skills training and opportunities to meet and have fun. If you wish to donate you can do so here.

*Since publishing the school has been made aware of the following individuals that also ran the marathon as pupils:

  • Tom Clayton completed the marathon in 2006 in an impressive time of 3 hours 38 minutes with knee trouble at mile 10
  • Roly Brading, Jamie Chatterton, Adam Wagg and Jeremy Hinton in 1998
  • Chris Volley in 3 hours 10 minutes in 1994
  • Nick Harding in 2001
  • Rich Westerman in 4 hours 18 minutes in 1996

If you would like to contact us to let us know about anyone else you know who might have run the marathon at a pupil, please email news@royalhospitalschool.org.