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summer of sport: anyone can achieve anything


8 July 2016

Community fundraising manager, Katrina Jones looks back four years on from the 2012 London Olympics which 'inspired a generation'. She discusses how 2016 looks set to provide another memorable summer of sport and how supporters can get involved if they've been inspired.

Dubbed 'The year of the underdog' due to Leicester City's sensational premier league win, Novak Djokovic's shock defeat to Sam Querrey in the third round of Wimbledon, and Wales' triumphant journey to the Euro semi finals the resounding message seems to be 'anyone can achieve anything'. This has also been evidenced right here at Epilepsy Society with so many people taking on incredible challenges this summer and raising funds to make a difference to those affected by epilepsy.

London 2012 Olympics 

Sport continues to dominate the headlines in the run up to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Four years ago, one of our supporters Helen sat on her sofa watching the London 2012 Olympics and was overwhelmingly inspired to get fit and start running. Two years later she took to the streets of London and ran the London Marathon as part of Team Purple.

We even had an 81-year-old grandmother running the marathon this year for Epilepsy Society. Jennifer Barker completing the 2016 London Marathon in 7 hours and 21 minutes, proving it is never too late to take on the marathon and finish it.

Take on your own personal challenge

If like Helen you are inspired by the summer of sport to take on your own personal challenge, we'd love to hear from you. From walking the Thames path challenge to cycling the 2012 Olympic route as part of RideLondon 100, we are here to help make this next year, the year you achieve something that perhaps you never thought you would.  

London Marathon 2017 

Are you up to the challenge? Apply now for your place in one of the most iconic running events in the world.