Catholic charity CAFOD to field 18 runners in the 2024 London Marathon

The annual London Marathon returns on Sunday 21st April, and Catholic charity CAFOD has announced that it will have 18 runners taking part in the iconic event. The runners will be taking to the streets of London to run a staggering 26.2 miles, all raising money to support CAFOD’s work around the world.

One of those running is Josie, who decided to apply to CAFOD for a charity place. Here she talks about her preparations and why she wanted to represent CAFOD …

Josie, tell us about your running journey so far. How’s the training going?

The London Marathon 2024 is my first marathon. I wanted to do the London Marathon after gaining confidence after running a few half marathons over the last couple of years. I am really enjoying the training – the structure and holding myself accountable for exercising in the winter months has been really beneficial for both my physical and mental health. I am now three weeks out from the marathon and I now only have two more long weekend runs. I daresay I am going to miss it!

Josie with her Mum, Jane, after her training run along the marathon route!
What does running London mean to you?

Running in London means a great deal as it is one of the largest races in the world, and I feel so lucky to be running it. In addition, it is where I was born and now live, and it is also where I do the majority of my training runs! So it is super special to me. It also means that my friends and family are close by and can come and support me which is going to be so beneficial on race day.

How’s the fundraising going?

The fundraising has been going well so far – I have had some really generous support from friends and family. I will be extending my fundraising efforts to colleagues next and directing them to my JustGiving page! As this is my first marathon, and first proper fundraising effort, the support has been great.

What does running for CAFOD mean to you?

Running for CAFOD means running for those who need support and funds the most. I grew up as a member of the Catholic Church and I have been aware of the great work CAFOD does at both local and international level for a long time. I understand that CAFOD’s network can reach local people on the ground quickly and therefore the work the charity does is vital. I am proud to be Team CAFOD!

If you’d like to show Josie your support, visit her fundraising page to wish her good luck!