With the 2024 London Marathon fast approaching, there are 28 runners out there training and working hard, all with the goal to run 26.2 miles on Sunday April 21 to raise money for LOOK – a small charity that helps visually impaired young people and their families to thrive. 

Two of those runners will be LOOK Mentor and HR specialist, Allie Hamilton, and her guide runner Jo. 

Allie says: “I had so much support running for LOOK in 2021, and I wanted to raise more awareness and raise more money for young people living with sight loss. I was diagnosed with macular dystrophy around 15 years ago now and I know first hand how much sight loss impacts everyday life. I was only 23 and felt really vulnerable for a long time. Losing my driving license and having to reassess my whole life was daunting. My condition worsened over several years, eventually taking my central vision in both eyes and I am now registered blind, but it’s ok because I have amazing support around me. Life can be tough when you can’t do everyday activities that many take for granted, and the work that LOOK does is just incredible. The support and understanding they offer to young people and their families is priceless, and I am proud to be a LOOK Mentor and to be running the London Marathon with my friend and Guide Runner Jo.”

Photo of guide runner Jo in a yellow LOOk running vest with Guide Runner on the front and Allie with a blue LOOK Vest saying Allie Blind Runner. Both young women are smiling at the camera with their hair in buns on top of their heads looking happy and confident to be taking on the Marathon

Lizanne Gumbel and her son both in LOOK caps - Lizanne is running her 15th marathon for LOOK

UK Barrister Lizanne Gumbel KC has been recognized as one of the leading clinical negligence and personal injury experts in the country. Her achievements include being awarded ‘Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year’ by Legal 500 in 2020 and winning Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards last year. But her success doesn’t stop there. Lizanne has also been running 20 miles a day since 2020, listening to 500 audiobooks in the process.

As a personal injury lawyer, Lizanne feels she has a duty to give back to society. She’s been running the London Marathon for LOOK every year since 2009 and this year, on April 21st, Lizanne will be running her 15th London Marathon for LOOK. She says “I feel I have two obligations, to give blood and to raise funds for charities supporting disabled people who do not have the ability to make legal claims. LOOK does fantastic work supporting young blind and partially sighted people to thrive, and I am so happy to be running my 15th consecutive London Marathon for LOOK.”

LOOK first gave Lizanne and her son Mark Wainwright (pictured with Lizanne above) the chance to run the London Marathon in 2009 and they’ve been running every year since. This year Mark, who usually runs the Marathon in under four hours, will be resting so Lizanne (who takes it at a slower pace) will run alone. She says: “The finish line is close to my Chambers, so I’ll walk down the Strand and into my office, do a few hours of work and then run home again. I always work on a Sunday, so Marathon day will be no different.”  

Neil Ring with Chloe holding her white cane and her buddy dog in front of her, Jane Ring LOOK PSG Lead standing next to Chloe. Lovely Fake Blue Sky and fluffy white clouds background behind them

Neil Ring, husband of our amazing Parent Support Lead Jane Ring, is running his second London Marathon for LOOK. His daughter Chloe and her school friends are getting behind him by bouncing their way through The World’s BIGGEST Inflatable 5K Obstacle Course that’s happening in Exeter on Sat 27th, April 2024. Chloe’s mum Jane says: “Ever since Chloe was born she has not let her Visual Impairment or Deafness get in her way. Encouraged by her Dad, who is about to run his second London Marathon for LOOK, Chloe has decided to take on the 5k inflatables with some very good friends from school, Phoebe, Amèlie and Eleanor. The course will no doubt be a challenge for them all but with Neil’s support they are determined to get round the course and have a laugh along the way. Please lend them your encouragement by sponsoring the team.”

Pesh with his london marathon medal and charlotte ceo of LOOK. Pesh is grinning and Charlotte is holding his 2022 finisher medal in one hand and her white cane in the other. Charlotte wears her LOOK cap and they both look very happy

Pesh Kapasiawala is running his 15th London Marathon and this year he has doubled his fundraising target! Not only is he raising funds for LOOK, but also for the charity he founded, 3Food4U. Pesh’s pioneering work helps remove the stigma people experiencing food poverty encounter when trying to access emergency food. Last year, Pesh was one of only 29 people in the UK to be honoured with a British Citizens Award (BCA) for his service to the community. We are honoured to have Pesh – alongside all the other good work he does – keep LOOK and visually impaired young people and their families close to his heart. Join us in wishing Pesh the best of luck in his fundraising efforts and epic 15th London marathon run!

Can’t decide who to donate to? Donate to the pot directly here – www.justgiving.com/look/donate

Just make sure to put your reference as ‘London Marathon 2024’.

And good luck and huge thanks to all our incredible marathon runners. We are so grateful for all your training and dedication and can’t wait to greet you at the Finish line.

photo of Emma and Adam Dyson another of the LOOK runners, just before last year's London Marathon. Emma and Adam are both wearing LOOK vests and are grinning with their arms raised in the air raring to go... Great shot, capturing the joy of the London Marathon and the energy of our amazing runners

Emma Balch is running her third London Marathon for LOOK and has raised an incredible 8k. Thank you so much Emma and everyone who has donated to LOOK – supporting visual impaired young people to thrive. Hope your knee holds up and looking forward to greeting you at the finish line. Emma Pictured here with another of our Marathon Giants – Adam Dyson – just before the start of the 2023 TCS London Marathon. This shot really captures the joy of Marathon Day and the anticipation of experiencing the fruits of all their training.

Read more about Adam – guide runner turned solo strider, back for his second London Marathon for LOOK

LOOK Marathon runner Ross and his dad Kev - both smiling at the camera and wearing flourescent yellow tshirts - Kev's Tshirt reads Kev Running 35th London Marathon, and Ross reads 1st time with my dad - how amazing. Good Lucky Guys!

LOOK runner Ross is raising funds for #VisuallyImpaired young people to thrive, but he’s also supporting his dad Kev who has run an incredible 35 London Marathons and says this will be his last.

Ross is running for the first time in solidarity with his dad. Let’s help him reach his fundraising goal!

Go Kev and Ross!!