Marathon Success: Actress Juliet Oldfield & sister Fran

Publish Date: 22/04/2013

 

Juliet and Fran ran no less than 26.2 miles to raise awareness and money for The Lesbian & Gay Foundation in the world-famous London Marathon on Sunday 21st April 2013. 

Juliet told us before the run,  “I find it impossible to believe in this day and age so many people are homophobic. I hope that we can make a difference in opening people’s minds and hearts.” 

Taking part in their 'I’m Running Against Homophobia vests', Juliet and Fran said 'Enough is Enough! to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia - sending an important message to thousands of spectators and competitors.

Between them, they raised nearly £2,500.  This will make a massive difference in supporting the hundreds of people each year who walk through The LGF’s doors having experienced homophobia and biphobia not just from strangers in the street, but from their friends, family and work colleagues.  One person told us “Without being able to turn to The LGF in times of personal crises, I wouldn’t have been able to overcome the problems I was facing”.

Juliet completed the course in an amazing 4 hours and 33 minutes, closely followed by Fran who finished half an hour later.  Juliet says, “I had one of the most amazing days of my life, running with my sister for a fabulous charity. The support from the crowd and fellow runners was out of this world. I loved it. I ache now from head to toe but this is a life achievement worth every minute of the soreness! I would definitely do it again. I got round the 26.2 miles due to a mixture of training, endurance, positive outlook and most importantly each time I spotted a smiley face from supportive friends and family in the crowed it spurred me on!”

If, like Juliet and Fran, you want to Run Against Homophobia, then check out www.lgf.org.uk/run or email claire.baldwin@lgf.org.uk to find out more!