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Meet the 2020 Team TA London Marathon Super Heroes!

Posted on 10 March 2020 by Pippa McClounan


Find out what motivates our amazing fundraisers to run 26.2 miles for their favourite charity.

A record number of hopefuls applied for one of only 6 charity places available to Tourettes Action in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. Our successful candidates are gearing up to tackle the biggest fundraising event on the planet, raise lots of money for TA and fulfil a truly amazing personal achievement.

So let's find out who they are! 


Matthew Davidson - VLM running bib number 57471


Inspired by his older brother, who ran VLM in 2019 for TA, Matt is following in his footsteps by taking on the challenge of 26.2 miles on 26th April. Matt was diagnosed with TS as a child, and despite being told it was unlikely he would attend mainstream school, he proved everyone wrong by not only achieving 11 GCSE's and 3 A levels, but also graduating from University. Matt has a young neice with TS and knowing the challenges that she faces, he wants to inspire her to achieve her ambitions. Good luck Matt! You are truly inspirational!

Click here to donate to Matt's fundraising page


Salvatore Melidoni - VLM running bib number 57472


Super seasoned runner Salvatore, has completed a whopping 63 marathons and 9 ultras-marathons - 3 of which were 24hr non stop running events! Having a son with TS has inspired him to run his 64th marathon for Tourettes Action, after running his very first marathon a few years ago, in Manchester, for TA. We think you'll soon need a bigger medal rack Salvatore!!!

Click here to donate to Salvatore's fundraising page


 Paul Davis - VLM running bib number 57473


Paul resides in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA and has a wife and two sons, one of which has ADHD. A keen runner for the past 6 years, he has completed both Berlin and New York marathons for charity, and is delighted to accept a place for London with TA. His ultimate goal is to also run Tokyo and Chicago to earn the 'Marathon Majors' medal. We look forward to supporting Paul on his 'tourist' marathon on 26 April. 

Click here to donate to Paul's fundraising page


Filippo Ferrario - VLM running bib number 57474 


This will be Filippo's 7th marathon and his first in London. Hailing from Italy, Filippo and his family are based in the UK and he splits his time between Italy and the UK.  Filippo hopes to raise awareness and donations from his many contacts through his work in the financial industry. In bocca al lupo Filippo!



 Richard Ward - VLM running bib number 57476


Diagnosed with TS aged 11, Richard experienced bullying and stigma growing up. Fast forward a few years and Richard is now a secondary school teacher who has supported pupils with TS. As a non-runner, this is a huge challenge for Richard, but he is determined to raise as much money and awareness for TA, to help the next generation to be more accepted into society. We know you can do it Richard!

Click here to donate to Richard's fundraising page


Martin Cooper - BALLOT place runner


Having received a highly coveted ballot place for VLM, Martin has generously chosen to fundraise for TA. Not content with running London on 26 April, Martin will also be running Manchester marathon on 2 April! His inspiration is his son Aiden, who was diagnosed with TS in 2019. Having little knowledge of the condition apart from the stereotypical misconceptions, the family found a wealth of helpful information on the TA website, which has inspired them to give something back to the charity. Good luck for your 52.4 miles Martin!

Click here to donate to Martin's fundraising page


Wez Wood - BALLOT place runner 






Another lucky ballot entry recipient, Wez will be tackling VLM in aid of TA. Following his son's TS diagnosis in 2019, Wez wanted to do something positive. Having never run a marathon before, this will be his first foray into marathon territory. In his own words, he says 'I won't be breaking any land-speed records!' It sounds like a cliche, but it's the taking part that counts Wez, and we will be with you every step of the way.

Click here to donate to Wez's fundraising page 

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