Lowry charity runners raise £8,000 for Centre Trust
In preparation for the big event, the three first-time marathon runners stuck to a rigid training plan and made the most of complimentary physiotherapy sessions provided by team sponsor Therapy First. They were also boosted by video messages from the casts of The Full Monty and The Taming of the Shrew.
The Lowry is celebrating after all three of its runners in the Virgin London Marathon successfully completed the 26.2 mile run raising £8,000 for The Lowry Centre Trust, the charitable arm of the Salford Quays-based arts organisation.
Stephen Crocker, Development Director at The Lowry, Jordan Ahmadzadeh, Digital Communications Executive and regular Lowry theatre goer Kieran Linford joined over 35,000 fellow fun-runners, athletes and fundraisers in the 33rd annual London Marathon on Sunday 21 April.
Jordan, who managed to complete the race in 4 hours 42 mins, said afterwards, “It was an unbelievable experience. I trained quite well I think but nothing prepares you for the actual race; the crowds make it so special and help you when it starts to hurt.”
Team Lowry were tasked with raising £1,500 each for arts activities for young people ranging from free tickets for shows to sponsored work placements to free creative activities for young people and their families. They smashed their target and have raised nearly £8,000 so far thanks to the generosity of Lowry visitors, staff, patrons and trustees.
Stephen, who finished in 4 hours 57 mins, was thrilled with the amount raised, “With it being the first time we have entered a team in the race we weren’t sure of the response so it’s great to see such support for The Lowry and its work with young people. Events like the London Marathon, aside from being a great fundraising opportunity, really help to raise the profile of The Lowry as a charitable organisation.”
The public can still donate to the charity (no. 1053962), which will also have a runner in next year’s marathon by visiting their virginmoneygiving page.