Street League’s first ever competitor in the London Marathon, Gemma Farrell, finished the gruelling 26.2 mile course in an incredible three hours, four minutes and 44 seconds.

Gemma is a big supporter of Street League and the work that the national charity do throughout the UK in supporting unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds get back into work, education or training.

The Investment Director at CVC Capital Partners was originally aiming to complete the Marathon in three and a half hours, but even she was surprised with her quick time. Speaking after the race, she said: “I really started to feel it just after the 20th mile but with the support of the crowd I just kept on going.

SUPPORT

“I was originally aiming to finish the race in around three and a half hours but I had a good start and managed to stick close to the pacemaker who was aiming for three hours.

“The crowd were amazing and it was great to see Street League staff supporting me at different points along the course.”

The London Marathon is currently the largest annual fundraising event on the planet and since the race begun in 1981, over £600 million has been raised for good causes.

Street League were, for the first time, offered one place for the Virgin Money London Marathon through their Silver Bond Scheme, which was set up to support charities in finding a runner.

FUNDRAISED

There was further good news at the finish line as Gemma announced that CVC Capital Partners would be matching all donations made. She said: “So far we have managed to raise £3,386.15 but I am delighted to announce that CVC will be matching this amount which brings the final total to £6,772.30, which is fantastic news.

“Knowing that we have managed to raise that much for a great charity like Street League has definitely made all the miles and pain worth it. Thanks to all that donated and supported me.

“I would also like to say a huge thank you to Decathlon UK for supplying me with my running vest for the Marathon.”

CVC already support Street League in a number of ways, with them helping participants with mock interviews, CV writing and funding Academies in London and Manchester through money donated by the annual Challenge Victory Cup football tournament.

The money raised from the Marathon will go towards helping unemployed young people go through our award-winning eight-week Academy programme which helps them gain vital employability skills, confidence and nationally-recognised qualifications