I loved running the 2017 London Marathon for Girlguiding

Mum of two, business owner and Rainbow Leader, Katherine Gibbard, raised £1,925 for Girlguiding by running the 2017 London Marathon.

2017 saw me turn 40 and so I felt it was time to do something for me. I’d thought of running a marathon before, but always said I'd only do it if I was supporting a charity I truly believed in. When I realised Girlguiding had places you could apply for, I thought the timing was perfect – so I applied.

Girlguiding is, and has been my passion for so many years.

I have been involved in guiding since I was a Brownie aged 7, and have been a Rainbow Leader for nearly 20 years. It’s such an amazing part of my life!

Volunteering for Girlguiding has given me so many transferable skills that have helped me across all aspects of my life. I love being able to inspire girls and young women, watch them gain confidence, have fun, and grow from 5-year-old Rainbows into lovely young ladies.

I cannot tell you how excited I was when I found out I had got a place – I literally jumped for joy!

My own passion to succeed at this challenge has surprised me!

If any parents are thinking of taking on the challenge – go for it, but you need to have the passion and desire to see it through. I have a very hectic life. I run my own business and have two young children, but my family and Rainbow unit were so supportive – which made everything so much easier.

I am so proud to have been able to raise valuable money for such an amazing cause.

Run a marathon for Girlguiding

By running the London Marathon, Katherine raised an amazing £1,925. These funds are now helping even more girls enjoy the adventures of guiding. You can make a difference too, by applying to join team Girlguiding in the 2018 London Marathon!