Richard reaches his marathon fundraising goal

He achieved a marathon milestone – and now Basingstoke dad Richard Pilbeam is celebrating reaching his fundraising goal.

Months of training and hard work paid off for the 39-year-old father-of-two as he completed the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 23 in an impressive time of 4 hours, 36 minutes and 56 seconds.

And now the keen Basingstoke Town FC supporter has done the double by hitting his target of raising £1,000 for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Richard was motivated to run for the good cause having lost a grandmother and mother-in-law to cancer – and he is delighted to have achieved his twin goal of completing his first marathon and raising a lot of money for his chosen charity.

“It was a great day and a great experience,” said Richard, who lives in Chineham, Basingstoke.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me on my journey. If you ever have the chance to do the London Marathon, then I would say ‘Go for it’. It really proves what a great society we live in.

"I have been touched by the lovely messages and the donations that I have received."

Thanks to his generous sponsors and supporters, Richard has now raised £1,155 through The Good Exchange – and the good news is that this sum will be doubled through match-funding from Greenham Common Trust, which is supporting Ark's £5million fundraising campaign. 

As well as donations, Richard received great support from Shaun Udal and the team at embroidery and clothing firm Cotton Graphics, in Stroudley Road, Basingstoke. Ark Cancer Centre Charity is Cotton Graphics Charity of the Year and Shaun kindly provided Richard with two branded running shirts for the Virgin London Marathon.

Shaun said: “Well done to Richard on completing his first marathon. The Cotton Graphics team were delighted to support his efforts for our charity of the year.”

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, said: “Congratulations to Richard on his marathon fundraising feat.

"He is our first-ever Virgin London Marathon runner, and it is great that he has had such a memorable and successful experience at this world-famous event. Thank you to everyone who has supported him and the charity.”

Picture caption: Richard pictured with his medal at the Virgin London Marathon.