The Health Insurance Group's Marathon Support for Samaritans

Eighty dedicated runners were put through their paces on Sunday when they took part in the London Marathon to raise funds for Samaritans. Sponsored by The Health Insurance Group, the charity’s runners were cheered on by a 700,000-strong crowd who filled the length of the 26.2 mile course.

Samaritans’ first runner finished the course in an impressive 3 hours 15 minutes. One of the charity’s veteran fundraisers, Dave Lock, completed his fifteenth marathon in a giant green telephone costume.

A number of people were taking part for very personal reasons, including Becky Rayner, who was running in memory of her sister Lucy, who took her own life last year.

The charity’s Virgin London Marathon runners have raised an impressive £120,000 so far, with donations still coming in. Funds raised will help Samaritans continue to offer round the clock support for people struggling to cope.

Iain Mcmillan, Managing Director at The Health Insurance Group said: “Huge congratulations to everyone who completed the London Marathon for Samaritans. I was there cheering everyone on, it was a fantastic atmosphere, raising a huge level of awareness for the charity that answers millions of calls a year. We are proud to be sponsoring the national charity across their different running events this year.”

Samaritans has hundreds of runners taking part in challenges across the UK this year including the Great North Run in Newcastle on 15 September and the Royal Parks half Marathon on 6 October. For more information about taking part in these events, please visit Samaritans’ website.

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For more information about the work of Samaritans please contact Claire Duncan in Samaritans’ Press Office on 020 8394 8300 or email

Notes to editors:

  • The Health Insurance Group aims to find people the best deals on health insurance, helping their customers to make the right choice for their needs.
  • Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year. We provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. Please call 116 123, email, or visit to find details of the nearest branch.