Jez Davison and Jonny Crockett are two remarkable individuals, let alone fundraisers for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
In 2011, Jez and Jonny’s brother Gareth set off on the Beldon Challenge, aiming to run and cycle from Belfast to London to take part in the Virgin London Marathon, raising money for the charity in memory of friend John Erwin, who died in 2010.
But tragedy struck when Gareth was knocked off his bike and killed on the fourth stage in Wales on 13 April.
Gareth’s funeral took place on Sunday 17 April 2011, the day of the Marathon, so in order to attend, Jez and a few friends completed the marathon route the day before the race.
In 2012, Jez and Jonny picked up in Welshpool and cycled to Bristol, ran through the town and then cycled from there to London in order to complete the Marathon one year on.
In what has been an emotional journey, Jez and Jonny spoke to former Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards live on BBC1 before embarking on the Virgin London Marathon, completing the final stage of their epic challenge in front of hundreds of thousands of people along the capital’s streets and millions more watching at home.
The pair got one of the biggest shouts of the day at Mile 23 as they passed one of the charity’s big cheer points. Being able to speak to them in the build-up to their mammoth journey, the determination to complete the challenge, not just the marathon, proves an inspiration to me and many others, and it makes me incredibly proud to work for this charity knowing the determination of our unstoppable supporters.
You can support them at www.justgiving.com/2012Beldon