6 September 2013 | Volunteering blogs | Back to Blog

The Guardians Half Marathon Team needs YOU!

On 6th October 2013, guardians David, Lawrence and I (Jessica) will make the epic 13 mile journey around the Royal Parks of London in an effort to raise money for the Bromley by Bow Centre.

This is a fantastic organisation that supports families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives across East London, therefore thoroughly worth the blood, sweat and tears that will no doubt be experienced in training for the run.

This blog will provide updates on our progress, and of course is an attempt to drum up some support that we will no doubt both need since 13 miles is an awful long way!

PLUS: Do not miss the opportunity to donate to the runners using the links included in this blog!

As an introduction we thought we’d start with a profile on each of the runners:


Jessica Glass 

“Jessica in her Bromley by Bow vest”

Much to my parents’ total shock having done no exercise pretty much since birth, a few years ago I took up running as a way to keep fit, lose weight, and get some me time. And here I am about to take on my second half marathon. I began increasing my distance last year, and that made me think, maybe I could do some good with this running malarkey and get some sponsorship for running a proper distance.

Occupation: Accountant
Furthest run: 13.1 miles
Running Style: Sweaty Betty
Ideal post run snack: Flapjack and smoothie, yum.
Amount raised so far: £110 out of £450 with only 32 days to go so I really do need all the help I can get!




Jasmine Morris


Jasmine is not running the half marathon at Royal Parks but she will be running the Brighton Marathon next year so hats off to her! She first decided to sign up for a half marathon in 2011 cheering Bromley by bow centre runners finishing the Brighton marathon. Having never run it was a long journey to get ready for a half marathon but I enjoyed every minute of it. 2 half marathons later and it seemed fitting to celebrate my 2yr running anniversary crossing the finish line of the Brighton marathon and raising money for the Bromley by bow centre.

Occupation: Fundraising officer at the Bromley by Bow Centre
Furthest run: 13.1 miles
Running Style: Dee dee from Dexter
Ideal post run snack: Soreen Malt Loaf “The most amazing snack ever made”
Amount raised so far: None so far since the Brighton Marathon is not until next year, but Jasmine has agreed a target of £750 and will be organising lots of fundraising events so watch this space!



David Joseph 

David “Coach” Joseph

David is running the Royal Parks Half Marathon to try and achieve his own personal best. He has been elected running coach for the fundraising participants. After the Great British 10K, he felt so awesome that he knew he wanted a new challenge and a half marathon was the answer.

Occupation: Graphic Designer
Furthest run: 13.1 miles
Running style: Think “The Hoff” a la Baywatch
Ideal Post running snack: Definitely a banana swiftly washed down with a pint
Amount raised so far: David is not fundraising this time, but he says that if you want to donate you can put it towards Jess’ target (see above)!


Lawrence Walker


Lawrence was out running at the time of creating this blog therefore could not respond to the introduction questions. He is taking the half marathon very seriously having already raised £290.

For more information please go to his fundraising page:



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