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Success for John in London Marathon 2021

Huge congratulations to Diespeker MD John for successfully running the London Marathon on October 3rd!

John was pleased with his performance, coming in with a time of 3:40:59, his fastest marathon time in the last four or so years. This meant he was placed at 7983 overall (out of over 40,000) and in 154th place for his category. Very impressive!

In Diespeker’s 140th year, it was a particular thrill for John to run across Tower Bridge. This is the bridge that is featured in Diespeker’s 140th anniversary mural at our Southwark premises – and if you look closely you can see the image of our MD cycling over the bridge.

For this, his 180th marathon, John was fundraising for Holly Lodge Centre, a unique small charity located in the heart of Richmond Park. Holly Lodge runs educational programmes that explore science, nature and history, and specialises in activities for people with special needs.

So far John has raised £1,181.25 (including Gift Aid) for Holly Lodge Centre. Holly Lodge Centre Manager Anna King said:

“I am writing to say a huge thank you for your fundraising for the Holly Lodge Centre. We are so very grateful, as a tiny charity every donation means an awful lot to us.  I hope you enjoyed the marathon and you have had a chance to recover now!”

If you’d like to make a donation in support of the centre, please visit John’s fundraising page or the centre’s own donation page:

Virgin Money Giving

Holly Lodge Donations

As an aside, the day before the marathon he’d taken part in his 380th Parkrun with a time of 22:18, another time he was pleased with. A Parkrun and the London Marathon on the same weekend? Only John!

You can find out more about the Holly Lodge Centre by watching this heart-warming film.

Mile 6 at the Cutty Sark

Final mile past Buckingham Palace

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