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London Marathon Team Announcement

Epilepsy Research UK is proud to announce our 2020 London Marathon team! Some are new faces to ERUK, others are seasoned supporters. We have established runners, marathon first timers, researchers and staff members and most importantly – people with epilepsy.


Joining #TeamERUK this year for London’s biggest sporting event we have a mixture of ERUK Charity bonded places and ballot winners: Brigid, Clare, James, Jo, John, Leanne, Rachel, Tracy and their Team Captain, ERUK-funded researcher Professor Sameer Zuberi.

In the build up to the big day we’ll be sharing interviews, videos, training tips, fun facts and more to get you all rooting for our fantastic team and drive them closer to their fundraising targets.

Team Captain Professor Sameer Zuberi is a paediatric neurologist and epilepsy specialist at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children and an Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow. Sameer’s research team received funding from ERUK to study the causes, treatments and outcomes of childhood epilepsy. The work was done with collaborators in every children’s hospital in Scotland and published in major medical journals.

None of our work would have been possible without the fundraising efforts of ERUK supportersI am delighted to be running the London Marathon to raise money for the life changing and life saving research of Epilepsy Research UK and I am honoured to have been named Team Captain.


We are also delighted to welcome Leanne from our staff team to this year’s Marathon squad. Many of you have already been enjoying Leanne’s blog her training for the event.

As I lay there, marathon coverage in the background, something made me promise myself that if my seizures were ever controlled again, I would make it my goal to cross that finishing line.


Rachel’s story of achieving a life free from epilepsy features in our Spring newsletter, due to hit doorsteps and inboxes in the coming days. She will be taking on the famous 26-miles to mark 10-years seizure free.

I wanted to run the London Marathon for ERUK because I’m only seizure-free today due to the work of researchers, scientists and clinicians.


Anyone who’s taken on a marathon will tell you it’s not something to be entered into lightly; training requires commitment, determination and copious amounts of anti-chaffing balm! ERUK is fortunate to have a large and growing community of people willing to take on challenges in support of our research – and not just marathons; endurance feats and races of all shapes and sizes. We thank you all so much.

In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing exciting news about a further collaboration that will be sure to make this year’s London Marathon more exciting than ever. Until then, we hope you’ll wish the whole team best of luck with their training – see you all in April!

Didn’t get a place in the marathon team this year? Don’t despair – we have countless other events for you to take on whilst supporting #LifeChangingLifeSaving research into epilepsy. View our 2020 events here

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