On Sunday 13th April, local MP Sadiq Khan completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 19 minutes, well ahead of his Shadow Cabinet colleagues Ed Balls and Andy Burnham.
Sadiq first announced he was running the marathon in February and only began training just over two months before running the 26.2miles. He ran the marathon for The Dispossessed Fund, which fights poverty and inequality in Tooting and across London. It supports local charities such as the Klevis Kola Foundation, the Furzedown Project and STORM.
So far Sadiq has raised over £17,000 for the Dispossessed Fund, with over 300 donations ranging from £1 to £1,500.
The Dispossessed Fund has already raised £11.2million to support local heroes who lift people out of poverty by targeting education, crime, health, and unemployment.
Other Tooting runners included local councillor Ben Johnson, who completed his third London Marathon and ran for the St George’s Charity, Giving to George’s.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“I am very proud to say I completed my first ever marathon in one piece! Not only that, but after beating Balls and Burnham, I will definitely be heading to the next Shadow Cabinet meeting with my head held high! Above everything, I am extremely pleased to have beaten my fundraising target of £2,620, having raised over £17,000 for a fantastic charity, which supports many organisations here in Tooting.
“I can honestly say that running the London Marathon was one of the best experiences of my life. Yes the training was hard work and I was left in a lot of pain afterwards, but the support I received throughout the 26.2miles was incredible. To see friends, family, local Tooting residents and even strangers cheering me on gave me the motivation I needed to push through and complete the race. There are no words to describe the emotions I felt on crossing the finish line, what an experience!
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone from Tooting who has shown their support for #YesWeKhan over the last two months – including the hundreds of people who have given generous donations, those who have helped spread the word and of course those who came along to support me on the day. I couldn’t have done it without you, thank you.”
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