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Four runners take on the London Marathon for Sense International

2 May 2019

On Sunday (28 April), four brave runners took on the challenge of the London Marathon in aid of Sense International. Alex Mindel, Alexander Sultan-Khan, Richard Boden and Claire Mack all battled the 26.2-mile route around the streets of London.  

Alex Mindel holding up his Sense International running vest and London Marathon medalAlex finished the race in 04:16:05 and raised over £1,300 for Sense International. He said: “It was a wonderful experience running for Sense International, the organisation I work for and supporting children with deafblindness so they can finally receive the medical and educational support they need. They say very few people go the extra mile; I went 26.2 and every second was worth it! I hope we get more runners for Sense International next year!”

Richard Boden in his Sense International running vest before the London MarathonRichard Boden, whose first marathon this was, is the policy lead for disability at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). He completed the race in 04:19:55 and said: “I am so proud to have completed the London Marathon, and even more so doing it for such an amazing cause. The marathon was both the best and worst experience of my life - completely exhilarating, exhausting, challenging but so so rewarding. The Sense and Sense International team were incredible in the run up to provide advice and support along the way and it gives me such a sense of pride to have raised nearly £2500 for the vital work they do around the world.”

Clare Mack decided to run for Sense International as her mother, Jacqui, works for the charity. She raised over £1,9000 and finishing the marathon in 05:31:08.

Alexander running the London MarathonLast but certainly not least, Alexander Sultan-Khan who has run four marathons before. This one was the first for charity and he raised over £1,800 for Sense International. After completing the race in 04:41:17, he said: “It feels like a great accomplishment to have completed the London Marathon for Sense International this year. While this was my fifth marathon (i.e. Berlin 2015, New York 2016, Paris 2017, Chicago 2018, and London 2019), it was my first time running for charity. I chose to run for Sense International because I was working in West Africa at the time and saw that Sense International had some great projects supporting people with deafblindness in East Africa.

“I was very motivated during the race by the cheering crowds, especially the Team Sense supporters, which helped me cross the finish line."

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First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019