National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

14 April 2014

It might have been a gruelling 26.2 miles, but two Young Farmers made it to the finish line at this year’s London Marathon and raised more than £1,000 for charities Brake and The Farming Community Network (FCN) in the process.

Gareth Laking, Lincolnshire FYFC, and Laura Grist, Devon FYFC, joined Mo Farah and thousands of fun runners in the famous annual race across London.

Laura dressed as a farmer to raise more than £600 for FCN who are supporting NFYFC's Rural Plus campaign and Gareth has raised approximately £800 for road safety charity Brake. He chose the charity because of NFYFC’s Drive it Home campaign and because he has lost friends in road traffic accidents.

“The last six miles were tough as both my right ankle and left knee were in agony. The heat didn’t help as it was in the late teens! It was such a relief when I crossed the finish line,” said Gareth who completed the race in five hours and 27 minutes. 

“When I had finished, all I wanted to do was lay down but I had to walk about another mile to collect my bag, find my family and make my way to the nearest tube station!”

Laura, from Cheriton and Tedburn YFC, just beat Gareth to the finish line by completing the Marathon in five hours and 20 minutes and also had to contend with injuries. A few weeks before the challenge Laura manage to fracture a rib but she said the crowds helped her to complete the run.

"It was my first Marathon and the atmosphere in London was fantastic - the crowds cheered me on the whole way around! I was so relieved to get to the finish and collect my medal at the end!
"I was really proud to be running as a farmer, for The Farming Community Network and included the YFC logo on my name tag too!"

You can still donate to Gareth and Laura by visiting their donation pages online: You can donate to Gareth here and to donate to Laura you can visit the page here.


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