Jeremy Joseph, the boss of legendary UK club G-A-Y, has run his third London Marathon and has risen over £135,000 ($217,458, €164,553) for the Elton John AIDs Foundation.
With the aim of reaching his target of £150,000 ($241,620, €182,837), Joseph finished the race at a time of four hours, thirty-two minutes and 46 seconds. He ran with the other 35,900 athletes hoping to complete the 26.2 mile course.
In the 32nd year of the London Marathon, Joseph organised balloons to be released to spread awareness about the number of people living with HIV in the UK.
It is estimated 91,500 people live with HIV in the UK, and a quarter do not know they are living with the disease.
One balloon represented 500 people, and twenty-six balloons were released at seven points during the race at London landmarks including Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, and Big Ben.
Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang won the men’s title, more than two minutes ahead of fellow Kenyan Martin Lel. Mary Keitany, another Kenyan, retained her London Marathon female title.
The Elton John AIDs Foundation’s mission is to provide funding to frontline programmes that help to alleviate the hardships of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS.
To help Jeremy Joseph to achieve his target, donate to the charity here.