LPO Marathon #ReasonToRun

Now with just over a month to go before the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s team of five runners take to the streets for the Virgin Money London Marathon, we’re delighted to introduce you to them and their #ReasonToRun.



Mr Marathon face himself, Tom has a long history of working for arts organisations but this is his first marathon. To encourage sponsorship during his training, Tom has been asking for song recommendations for him to lip sync to while running. You can see an example here. Tom hasn’t always been a runner but is excited to be able to raise money for LPO BrightSparks concerts, a cause that represents a message which is close to his heart. Tom believes in the power that music has to inspire and transform lives. Tom says, ‘The sponsorship raised via undignified sweating will go to the LPO's BrightSparks programme which brings music into the lives of young people’.

Laura will represent the LPO office when she takes part in the marathon. Not one to do things by halves, Laura will also get married this year – her philosophy is ‘why have one big day when you can have two?’ Marathon training hasn’t been an easy path for Laura, who has suffered with injury, but her determination to be on the start line on 23 April is unwavering.

Lowri is another runner with a direct connection to the LPO, as a double bassist who regularly performs with the Orchestra, as well as all over the country. Lowri caught the running bug and took part in the London Marathon for the first time in 2015. Together with LPO President and Principal Piccolo Stewart McIlwham, Lowri will present a free Q&A evening with musical excerpts on 27 March to raise money for the marathon campaign. For more details please click here

Philipp works for one of the Orchestra’s corporate supporters. This will be Philipp’s first marathon, which he is using to motivate his healthy lifestyle changes. He’s thrilled to be taking to the streets of London and is looking forward to the physical challenge. 

Our fifth and final runner is Frankie, who manages a pub in Leamington Spa. As a child Frankie was involved in school orchestras and was fortunate enough to attend lots of live music as she was growing up. She is delighted to be raising money to enable young people to attend BrightSparks who otherwise might not have been able to. Frankie is rallying the support of the pub to help her reach her fundraising target. 

There are a number of ways that you can support the LPO Marathon Team in their fundraising. 

- Attend the Marathon Fundraiser on 27 March, for more details or to register your interest please contact Amy Sugarman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 - Donate to the team or to an individual runner here.

- Come and watch the team on 23 April either on the streets of London or on the television.