TCS London Marathon, Sunday 2nd October 2022
On 2nd October 2022 our amazing runners took part in the TCS London Marathon to raise money for the Joint Action appeal of the British Orthopaedic Association. Their goal was to raise over £13,000 to support vital research into musculoskeletal conditions, transforming lives and giving people back their freedom and independence.
You can still support our runners through our Just Giving link below.Donate through Just Giving Donate through TCS fundraising
As the son of an orthopaedic surgeon, I have always been aware of the significant burdens sufferers of musculoskeletal diseases can carry. I am also aware of the vital work that Joint Action do in funding the research that can lighten these burdens.
I am not able to directly better the lives of those suffering in the same way my dad and his colleagues do with joint replacements and other surgeries, however, I see this as an incredible opportunity to contribute to their cause.
When running the London marathon on behalf of Joint Action I will be carrying a tree. More specifically, a 6-foot-high model of the Tree of Andry: a symbol for orthopaedics used around the world. It will be a small burden in comparison to millions of those battling musculoskeletal disease but my hope is that it will provoke questions, increase awareness and ultimately raise funding for this brilliant charity!
I have spent nearly 30 years fixing bones and joints to help get people back on their feet (and skis and bikes and horses!) and want to test myself around our great capital city to generate some funding for the vital research needed to help us do what we do, with even more success.
COVID hasn't been kind to those with chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Every pound donated will help us bring smiles back to the faces of patients in desperate need.
Running my first marathon in 2021 was a great experience and I am extremely grateful to the BOA for providing me with another opportunity to run the London Marathon and raise funds for Joint Action.
The experience has allowed me to develop my interest in distance running whilst it is very rewarding to help raise money for such a worthwhile cause. I am looking forward to the opportunity to do it all over again! Please donate and help support Joint Action.
I am an Orthopaedic surgeon specialising in hip and knee replacements.
I see the life changing effects of joint disease every day in my patients. Although I like to think that I can improve their quality of life with joint replacement surgery, I would love to see a world where people never reach a stage where this is required. Running in support of Joint Action will help us all reach that goal.
Running is not something that comes naturally to me, so having a target to train for and a cause that's close to my heart to support helps massively with my motivation.
It’s easier to get out of bed early for a run, or tie on the trainers after a long day at work if you feel that a worthy cause will benefit from it.
A common misconception is that running is bad for your joints and can bring on arthritis. The opposite is true, running can be hugely beneficial for people who have wear and tear arthritis, strengthening muscles and supporting structures around failing joints, helping with weight loss and general cardiovascular fitness. This is advice that I often give to patients so it's about time I applied it to myself!
Running can be quite a solitary pursuit, and although occasionally that can be helpful in itself (sometimes even meditative) I find that including my wife, children and Roxy my Goldendoodle on my runs can keep me going and give me a lift on slower days.
Please donate and help support Joint Action, and feel free to follow me on Strava to see my progress in the months ahead.
I have been inspired by my dad (Professor Robin Paton), an orthopaedic surgeon, to run for the BOA's charity, Joint Action.
My favourite hobby is running, though this has not always been the case. My dad took me out for a run in my second year of University. Unfortunately, at this time, I was enjoying the social side of university a little too much… My Dad persuaded me to go on a run but I only managed half a mile before stopping with a stich. This stimulated me to get fit.
13 marathons later and an Ironman (completed in July 22, see picture), running something which is fundamental to me and running the marathon on behalf of the BOA is a chance for me to raise necessary money to support musculo-skeletal research in the UK – a cause so important to my family.Sponsor Will
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The 2022 TCS London Marathon British Orthopaedic Association’s Charity Place Terms and Conditions can be found here.
Further event info can be found on the TCS London Marathon Event website.
Previous Fundraising Events
Virgin Money London Marathon 2021
Congratulations and thank you to Imran Ahmed, Robert Jordan, Lee Longstaff, Zaid Ali and Philippa Turner for running the London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October. Their amazing efforts have raised over £10,000 to support vital research in orthopaedics.
Imran, Robert and Lee have shared their experiences which we hope will inspire you to get involved. If you are interested in running the London Marathon to help raise funds for Joint Action, please contact us at [email protected].
fantastic day. Beautiful weather, cheering and supportive crowds and the camaraderie of the runners around me. It was a great first marathon even after hitting ‘the wall’ at about mile 22. The knowledge that so many sponsors were behind me and the positive impact that the funds would have spurred me on to the finish. This will not be my last!”
Robert Jordan & Imran Ahmed
Virgin Money London Marathon 2019
Congratulations to Paul Banaszkiewicz, Alan Cooney, Paul Harnett, Robert Jordan, Ann Oldroyd, Pete Thompson, Jonathan Waite and Caesar Wek for running the London Marathon on Sunday 28th April 2019! We would like to especially congratulate Paul Harnett on his finishing time of 5 hours 30 minutes whilst running in ski boots, this was also a New World Record! The Joint Action runners raised an amazing £14,000. Thank you so much for participating to raise the much-needed funds for Joint Action, the only UK charity that specialises in raising and distributing funds to the entire musculoskeletal spectrum.
I’m Pelvis and Acetabular Reconstruction at King’s College Hospital, London. At the London Marathon I broke the Guiness Book of world records or running a marathon in ski-boots, with a time of 5 hours 30 minutes 27 seconds. I raised over 7 thousand pounds, via my fundraising website, skibootmarathon.com. On the day of the big race, I had a technical glitch with the timing tracker strapped to the side of my ski boots, so it didn’t work, this meant I had to wait an agonising 3 days until the official result was announced. Thank you so much to all those who sponsored me.
I was really worried about getting a femoral neck stress fracture, most of my colleagues including me have a seen one or two patients over the years with a femoral neck stress fracture running the London marathon, so it’s not that rare, but lucking my hips held up just fine, I’d run a few more miles each week in the boots, up to 20 miles three weeks before the race. A couple of time I ran 8 miles to work in my ski boots through Hyde Park and past Buckingham Palace, I certain got a few weird looks, but sometimes people didn’t bat an eyelid, ‘ just another weird thing in London ‘. The race mostly fun, towards the end, my proximal medial tibial plateau was hurting a lot, and I was imagining the bone stress reaction on the T2 MRI while I was running. A few miles later I was sure I had a 2nd meta-tarsal stress fracture (a Marchers’ fracture!), I thought to myself “if that’s the only injury I get, I’ll take that in exchange for a world record“. In the end, I just had few blisters, killer thigh pains for a few days, and one very proud 8 year old son.