These participants have all either taken part in the London Marathon before or will be doing so for the first time this year. They are:
A London- based artist, Harkiran (or ‘Harky’) has championed the London Marathon and running for nearly 15 years. A passionate campaigner against social, racial, and political injustices through the melding of two passions: art and running, Harky formed part of a global running community called The Stolen Starts. Comprised of 10 women and created by New Balance, The Stolen Starts helps elevate these women and the causes they care most about, from racism to sustainability to mental health. Having run three marathons in six weeks in 2022, Harky will be cheering on participants at this year’s TCS London Marathon.
Gina lives on the London Marathon route in Greenwich and enjoyed cheering participants on from her home before being inspired to run for the first time in 1983, just two years after the first-ever event. Since then, Gina has completed 37 London Marathons – the most by a woman – and a staggering total of 603 marathons in 46 countries. In 2021, she finished third in the 75 to 79 age category at the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships. She is also the oldest women to complete all six Abbott World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York).
Coventry-based fundraiser Haroon Haroon champions diversity in exercise and fitness as part of his work at Active Inclusion Network – and that includes encouraging more Muslims to take part in events like the London Marathon. He’s also the founder of the Muslim Hikers community, who were recently featured on BBC Countryfile, and is working with the London Marathon Events’ Inclusion Advisory Group to ensure our events are as inclusive as possible.
In 2021, Haroon received the Spirit of the London Marathon Award for his fundraising efforts at the London Marathon. Whenever he failed to get a place in the ballot, he took part in the event via a charity place and has raised more than half a million pounds for a variety of great causes, including disaster and emergency relief projects and humanitarian programmes.
Haroon will take on the TCS London Marathon again in 2023.
Kai is a 26-year-old swimming coach from London. He is part of the Run Dem Crew collective and has been cheering on London Marathon participants at Mile 21 since he joined the group. Having completed the London Marathon before, Kai will take on the event again this year.
Originally from Plymouth, Amy has been fundraising for Save the Rhino since 2015. She will be running the TCS London Marathon in one of the rhino costumes that have become synonymous with the event since their first appearance in 1992. Passionate about running, fundraising and rhinos, Amy has completed an ultra-marathon in Kenya and last year she took on a 230K Ultra Run across the Arctic Circle in Sweden.
The 2023 TCS London Marathon on Sunday 23 April will be televised live on BBC TV and broadcast around the globe.