Virgin London Marathon 2012

runner1Sunday 22nd April dawned overcast with the promise of rain.

Despite the possibility of a drenching, Dermatrust’s courageous runners and valiant trustees made their way respectively to either the start or finish line of the London Marathon.

Our six runners, Stephanie, John, Stephen, Simon, Robert and Mark had trained for months before the event and despite injuries along the way, all were at the start ready to go and determined to finish the race regardless.

Well done to all our runners for their magnificent effort and achievement in completing the 26 mile London Marathon.

Dermatrust trustees hosted a welcoming party in Horse Guards Parade (despite the weather!) and personally congratulated and thanked our runners. To date our amazing runners have raised over £11,500 for Dermatrust and gifts are still being received.

WELL DONE AND THANK YOU to all our runners.

Post-race update


John Fleming running the London Marathon for DermatrustDr John Fleming

  • Ran the London Marathon in 4 hours 43 minutes
  • Has to date raised £3,450

John is a dermatology specialist registrar working at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology in St Thomas’ Hospital. He is committed to working in dermatology all his life and to helping not only his patients today but also those of tomorrow, by supporting the discovery of new treatments for skin disease, the deadliest of which is malignant melanoma. John ran the London Marathon to raise money for research into melanoma – the most severe form of skin cancer that affects around 12,000 people a year in the UK.


Stephen Johnson running the London Marathon for DermatrustPrivate Stephen Johnson

  • Ran the London Marathon in 5 hours 25 minutes
  • Has to date raised £2,035

Stephen is 24 years old, married to Louise with two young sons. He is a serving member of the armed forces and has completed his first tour of Afghanistan. On returning from Afganistan he set himself a new challenge which was to run the London Marathon. Stephen ran for Dermatrust because members of his family have suffered with skin conditions, such as skin cancer.


Mark Bowman running the London Marathon for DermatrustMark Bowman

  • Ran the London Marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes
  • Has to date raised £313

Mark ran the fastest time of Dermatrust’s 2012 runners. He ran for Dermatrust because his sister has had severe eczema her whole life and witnessing her pain and seeing how creams have changed the pigment of her skin, made Mark realise the importance of research into skin problems.


Robert Brereton running the London Marathon for DermatrustRobert Brereton

  • Ran the London Marathon in 4 hours 36 minutes
  • Has to date raised £725

Robert gives his reason for running for Dermatrust as follows “There were plenty of the usual more popular charities to choose from but it was nice to find a charity that I could personally relate to being a psoriasis sufferer myself. Although reasonably mild I can relate to the problems skin disorders can cause, both physically and mentally.”


Simon Spalter running the London Marathon for DermatrustSimon Spalter

  • Ran the London Marathon in 4 hours 29 minutes
  • Has to date raised £3,316

Simon ran an amazing time in the London Marathon 2012. He ran for Dermatrust because “It is a great cause, very worthwhile and something many people can relate to. Running for Dermatrust gives me an additional and important reason to run the London Marathon.”


Stephanie Arnold running the London Marathon for DermatrustDr Stephanie Arnold

  • Ran the London Marathon in 4 hours 08 minutes
  • Has to date raised £3,068

Stephanie first started running after she lost her 29-year-old husband, James Dean, to cancer in 2009, and running the London Marathon in 2012 was a very special milestone for her. She is delighted to have run for Dermatrust and to have raised funds to support research into the causes and treatments of skin diseases. As she says “Unfortunately, melanoma is still all too common in young people, and although it can be cured if detected early, more treatments are needed for advanced disease”.