Supporters Stories

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.

Paul Banaszkiewicz

"Running the London marathon has to be one of the achievements to look back on in later life. One of the world’s best marathons, fantastic crowds, fantastic atmosphere, running through historic iconic landmarks of London. Joint action is a really worthwhile cause it’s what we ideally should be aligned with as orthopaedic surgeons treating arthritis on a daily basis. Don’t think too much or worry about whether you will manage it to complete it just sign up for next year’s run and get going. You will have a fantastic experience."

Alan Cooney

“The London Marathon is an iconic sporting event and I’d encourage anyone to take part. The winter training can be gruelling but having something to aim for makes getting out of bed on a cold, dark morning all the easier. And it’ll all be worth it as you come down The Mall at the end. Pain is temporary but glory is forever!”

Paul Harnett

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,  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. 

Robert Jordan

“Running the London Marathon has been a great experience and I am grateful to Joint Action for the opportunity. The chance to set personal goals, experience the supportive London crowds whilst raising money for a good cause made me return for a second year and I would recommend it to others!”

Ann Oldroyd

“My two daughters have scoliosis so have worn braces to control the curvatures of their spines. To run the London Marathon for the British Orthopaedic Association was an opportunity to give something back. I thoroughly enjoyed my whole London Marathon experience. I can’t say the training wasn’t hard at times but it was all worth it on the day to run with the crowds behind you and for a worthy cause.”

Peter and Jon

“Jon Waite and Pete Thompson completed the 2019 London Marathon which turned out to be the biggest ever with over 42,000 competitors. It’s a truly memorable and spectacular event with a route that takes in many of the famous sights of London. However the most impressive part is the crowd support. At times it’s deafening with cheering, singing and music including steel drums and DJ's. Despite being in a world of pain from 20 miles you don't dare to stop running! It’s an emotional day that will stay with you for ever so suggest you get signed up for next year."

Caesar Wek

"Completing the London Marathon was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life and I will be forever grateful to the BOA for allowing me to represent Joint Action. The support throughout the run was fantastic with crowds cheering from start to finish. There were lots of sweets, jelly babies and even ice-lollies on offer from the passers-by! There were many emotional highs and lows, especially when my headphone battery died, however the support from the crowds helped carry me to the finish line. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to support such a worthy charity! Caesar Wek, ST6 in Trauma & Orthopaedics, South East Thames Rotation"

British 10K 2018

Emily Hayley Venease

Congratulations to our BOA staff members Emily Farman, Hayley Oliver and Venease Morgan for participating in the 2018 British 10K on Sunday 15th July. We are extremely proud of our three runners who showed motivation, dedication and focus - smiling until the very end!

 RideLondon Surrey 46, 100 and British 10K 2017

Deiary Kader

We would like to congratulate Deiary Kader for participating and completing the RideLondon-Surrey 46 on Sunday 30th July.

Rupert Wharton

We would like to congratulate Rupert Wharton who successfully cycled the RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 30th July.

Emily Farman

Emily Farman, BOA Marketing and Communications Officer took part in the London 10K on Sunday 9th July.

Current Newsletter

Browse through the Joint Action Newsletter – Summer 2018 and read the exciting updates on generous donations raised by our supporters. 
Find out how your funds support the BOA Orthopaedic Research Centre (BOSRC) with four new studies underway. Learn about leaving a lasting legacy by remembering Joint Action in your Will.
We also thank all those who participated in this year’s Challenge Events and appreciate the wonderful supporters for their cheers and contributions!