Sunday will see six friends, including our executive directors Trevor Dowd and Matt Clare, running the London Landmarks Half Marathon in full-body costumes, representing the landmarks that stud the running course.
They’ll be running in memory of their friend Sam Sananes, who passed away in March last year at just 39 years old. In 2012, Sam completed the London Marathon dressed as Big Ben alongside Matt and Trevor.
This time around, the six friends, including Sam’s sister Rachel Harris, will be raising money for the “BOOST Sam Sananes Sporting Legacy”.
Matt said: “Rachel, Sam’s sister, who first suggested the idea of us doing this, is running in Sam’s ‘Big Ben’ costume which makes this event extra special. I am reprising my ‘Gherkin’ costume and Trevor Dowd will once again be St. Paul’s Cathedral.
“We are joined by three others – Ian Houston of St. Bride’s Managers, Ed Brown of UBS and Ben Goodberry of Tudor Toone, who were all close friends and work colleagues of Sam’s. They will be the Shard, the Cheesegrater and the London Eye!
“The London Landmarks Half Marathon seemed the perfect fit since we’d run in Olympic Year dressed as Landmarks and it had been a great experience. We spoke to LLHM and they have been incredibly supportive. We’re wearing numbers two to seven and the organisers have gone out of their way to help us.
“The main aim is to get every one of our landmarks round the course – ideally together. If we do, it will be a mixture of relief and pride for Sam.
“We can’t wait to run now and I’m already looking forward to taking The Gherkin off at the end of the day!”
Donations to the Sam Sananes Sporting Legacy can be provided here.