London Marathon 2017 - Nordoff Robbins Party!

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Fri, 21/4/2017

The Biggest Race of the Year

This Sunday will see 50,000 runners take to the roads of London, bravely attempting to conquer the 26 miles and 385 yards that make up the London Marathon. There are few challenges that come close in the level of dedication required to see a marathon through to the end, and we're so pleased to have a valiant team of 8 runners taking part to support music therapy.

Where to Find Us On the Day

On the day we'll be set up at the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, where we'll be joined by singers from our amazing supporters at Rock Choir putting on a show and cheering on the runners! Everyone is welcome, so whether you want to cheer on a friend or just support the cause, you're more than welcome to come and soak up the atmosphere, and enjoy the food and beverages available at the venue, all while giving the heroes running a much-needed boost!


Our Heroes

Below are some of the brave folk who have decided to take on the challenge for Nordoff Robbins, so you can see who they are (and maybe even send a few pounds their way in sponsorship!)

Daniel Ribbits

Tell us a bit about yourself - I am very happy to be running for Nordoff Robbins at this year’s London Marathon, an amazing charity that does so much amazing work. Working for Rock Choir it has been great to be supported by so many Rock Choir members who also love the work that Nordoff Robbins do. This year’s London Marathon will be my fifth marathon overall, I completed my fourth in Brighton earlier in the month! I seem to have caught the marathon bug, where next I wonder!?

What do you do? - I work for Rock Choir as their Choir Leader Brand Manager

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What your treat will be after completing the London Marathon – Beer!!


Maria Harron

Tell us a bit about yourself - I have been a keen runner for many years and this will be my fourth London Marathon. In training I have run 529 miles in all sorts of weathers and with many Yorkshire hills. I'm hoping for a PB but either way it will be an amazing experience with thanks to the supporters for the whole 26.2 miles. I'm feeling excited and nervous but looking forward to it.

What do you do? I am currently in my final term of the Masters Music Therapy course with Nordoff Robbins so this charity is particularly close to my heart right now.

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What your treat will be after completing the London Marathon - After completing it I shall look forward to a train journey home back to Yorkshire whilst wearing my medal and eating a banana! The following week I shall begin to over indulge in all the things that I have stayed clear of for a while, particularly Easter eggs! And, I shall get back to a gentle 3 mile plod of the streets on the Tuesday. 


Jonas Stone

Tell us a bit about yourself - I'm a founder-partner of EPM and Head of PR and Promotions with over 20 years of PR experience within electronic music. From artists such as Robert Hood, Dave Clarke, Andrew Weatherall, Richie Hawtin and Modeselektor to name but a few both I and EPM have helped to build the careers of many of today’s established headline acts in electronic music.
What do you do? Head of PR and Promotions

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What your treat will be after completing the London Marathon – Burger and a Pint. Or 3!

Alex Bugle

Tell us a bit about yourself - My name is Alex, I'm 27 and currently living in London. This will be first marathon so as well as being excited I'm also incredibly nervous. Whilst I've always enjoyed running and sports I've never dreamed that I would get the opportunity to run the London Marathon for a charity like Nordoff Robbins. 

What do you do? I'm a Buisness Development Manager for Forward3D, a digital advertising agency.

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What your treat will be after completing the London Marathon – No more 6am runs!


Sally Minchella

Tell us a bit about yourself - My name is Sally Minchella and this is my first marathon which I'm doing in memory of a lifelong family friend, Mark Withey.   He was an amazing musician who I will remember as someone who used to bring people together around a piano at the end of an evening!

What do you do? In my day job I'm an actuary and also a mum to 3 young children

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What your treat will be after completing the London Marathon – If I'm honest the biggest treat will just be doing a bit less - life has been a bit hectic lately! And then maybe some piano lessons...


Ben Gulvin

Tell us a bit about yourself - I'm running for NORDOFF ROBBINS as its a charity which provide outstanding work. Having experienced how music therapy has extremely positive benefits I want to provide what I could to support the great work provided by the charity.

What do you do? I'm a Sound Designer and work at 750mph ltd. 

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What your treat will be after completing the London Marathon – Once completed I'm really looking forward to treating myself to some Guinness, some headphones and my record player. 


Thank Yous

We've got some other people to thank for their time, effort and support too:

  • Thank you to Katy Seath for her fantastic support, and leading the wonderful Rock Choir (London Region) on the day. 
  • Thank you to Benjamin Davis from BIMM, who has volunteered as our resident sound engineer on the day.
  • Thank you to Aaron Horn and Music Bank for so generously providing the sound equipment to get the party started on the day
  • Thank you, of course, to Mark Aitken and Jonathan Byrne at the Royal Foundation Of St Katharine for allowing us to use their beautiful venue for Rock Choir's performance
  • And of course all the voluteers coming along on the day to cheer on the runners!

Want to Get Involved?

If all this has left you inspired and wanting to get involved, take a look at all the ways you can support music therapy on our Fundraising Page.

Update - The Runners' Times

Our incredible runners have all given us permission to share their final times, with the hope that it might inspire others to give it a go too. Fancy seeing your name here next year? Get in touch with our fundraising team.

Daniel Ribbits: 4:41

Sally Minchella: 4:03

Philip Lickley: 4:15

Ben Gulvin: 5:09

Mark Nash: 4:29

Maria Harron: 3:29

Jonas Stone: 4:53

Alex Bugle: 3:56