Thursday 2nd May 2019
A family of four from Layton in Blackpool are being celebrated as the first to complete the Virgin Money London Marathon.
he Mowbray family, consisting of Peter, 52, wife Louise, 46, daughter Charlotte, 22 and son Bradley, 18, crossed the line together, on Sunday, in a time of 6 hours 43 minutes and 11 seconds.
The Mowbray family, who ran in support of the national disability charity Sense, were winners before the race even begun, beating the odds to secure places in the iconic London race. Half a million runners apply for only 40,000 places each year. Race organisers confirmed to the family it was the first time four family members have run together.
The family ran in memory of Peter’s sister, who died ten years ago after an epileptic seizure.
Peter Mowbray said: “Sense means a lot to us because my sister, Michelle, who had Down syndrome, suffered from hearing and vision problems in her life. She’s in our minds as we run”
After the race Peter said: “It hurts everywhere, but we’re so grateful to everyone for the support”.
Richard Kramer, Chief Executive at Sense, said: “We have the most amazing supporters, and the Mowbray family exemplify that. It’s humbling. We are very proud of their achievement, helping to raise awareness and funds to support people with complex disabilities.”
Peter and his wife Louise ran for Sense in the 2018 London Marathon, but this is the first time the family have taken on the distance together. They aim to raise over £1700 for Sense https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/peter-mowbray-SAVMLMBONDS3332018-827540
To run for Sense at the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, visit: https://www.sense.org.uk/support-us/events/virgin-money-london-marathon/