Grant Thornton East Anglia duo complete London Marathon to raise over £2,800

Two employees at the Norwich and Ipswich offices of leading financial and business advisory firm Grant Thornton gave London Marathon contenders a ‘good run for their money’ when they took part in this year’s race to raise more than £2,800 for charity.

Audit manager Ian Thoroughgood (Ipswich) and audit assistant manager Martin Gooderham (Norwich) completed the gruelling 26 mile race on Sunday 22 April in aid of Sense, the national deafblind charity, and the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund which supports young track and field athletes.

Ian and Martin are both experienced runners and trained at least four times a week in preparation for the race.

Ian Thoroughgood said: “The experience has taught me that there’s pain, and there’s running your first marathon! My target was 3 hours 50 minutes but I hit the infamous ‘wall’ at mile 20 and ended up finishing in 4 hours 6 minutes. But the important target was well and truly hit and I’ve raised more than £1,700 for Sense, a very worthwhile charity.”

Martin Gooderham added: “This was my third official marathon but definitely the most enjoyable so far. The crowd were incredibly supportive and their perpetual motivation and noise ensured I finished in my personal best time of 3 hours 28 minutes. I was additionally pleased I met my fundraising target in advance of the event, raising over £1,100 for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund"  

The duo also held fundraising events at Grant Thornton’s offices in Ipswich, Cambridge and Norwich on the run up to the race to boost the total raised.

Each year Grant Thornton employees across the UK are given the opportunity to apply for a limited number of places for the London Marathon, running in aid of the firm’s nominated charities.

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