On Sunday 3 October, Allen Langham, Major Projects rail operative, will be representing VolkerRail and the Railway Children charity at the 2021 London Marathon.
The historic 26.2 mile journey from Blackheath to The Mall, will see Allen run past some of our capital’s most iconic landmarks, including the Shard, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace.
Allen was randomly selected, from over a dozen names, who had all stepped forward to take part in the marathon and raise funds for the Railway Children.
Commenting, Allen said: “I’m both humbled and honoured to run the London Marathon for the Railway Children - supporting an exceptional charity whilst achieving a personal goal.
“There are millions of children worldwide that don't get a safe home, or practical and financial assistance to manage day-to-day. By taking part in this event and raising money, I can help give children a glimmer of hope.
“The Railway Children's 'Goals for Girls' project is dear to my heart, being a father of two daughters. The project arms young girls in East Africa with the knowledge and ability to protect themselves, and empowers them to improve their personal situation, despite adversity."
As part of his involvement, Allen has also set himself a fundraising target of £2,600. If you wish to learn more about his story, click here.
Railway Children is an international children's charity working with street children in India, East Africa and the UK, who fight for vulnerable children who live alone on the streets, where they suffer abuse and exploitation.
Thousands of vulnerable children pass through UK railway stations every day. Most of us wouldn’t even spot that they were in danger. Children and young people regard railway stations as a place to go to instead of home, or a place to hide, they will use trains sometimes as a means to escape, a way to run away or sometimes to meet new people.