Congratulations to Seafarers UK London Marathon Team 2017

April 25, 2017

On Sunday 23 April 2017, close to 39,5K runners took to the streets of the capital for the annual Virgin Money London Marathon, and amongst those taking part were 30 intrepid Seafarers UK runners, pounding the pavements of London in aid of seafarers in need and their families.

Whilst many witnessed the magic of the marathon from around the world, the Seafarers UK team were out in full force, with banners, balloons and our loudest voices to cheer our runners as they passed our cheering point at HQS Wellington 24.5 miles in, and entered the last leg of their gruelling 26-mile challenge from Greenwich to Westminster. A fantastic post-race reception was held aboard HQS Wellington where all participants were offered well-earned refreshments kindly provided by Fuller’s and a sports massage to ease any aches and pains.

At Seafarers UK we often speak of seafaring as a forgotten profession, and we live in an age of ‘sea blindness’ causing the general public to be unaware of the tremendous sacrifices seafarers make in order to keep our island nation fed, fuelled and secure. It is therefore a great inspiration when every year a team of men and women push their bodies to their physical limits in order to help raise funds and awareness for those seafarers, that we so heavily depend on, and their families.

The London Marathon is a world famous running event and reaching the finish line after 26.2 miles is a tremendous achievement. All our runners should be incredibly proud of their performance on the day. We would like to wholeheartedly congratulate all of our participants for their efforts, not only for their physical accomplishment but also for their fundraising which is on target to raise £35,000. A massive thank you to all the runners and also to their friends and family who turned out to support them.

If you would like to be considered for a place in the Seafarers UK London Marathon Team in 2018 please contact Seafarers UK’s Fundraising Events Officer, Alex Ward at or phone 020 7932 5960 for further information.