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Each year we ask our incredible Team Tommy's LLHM runners if they'd like to share their reason for running and what Tommy's means to them.

This year, we've created this space for you to read the stories and experiences of LLHM 2023 Team Tommy's members. This space is yours, and if you'd be happy to share your story with us (even just a couple of lines), please do let us know. We'd love to be able to share as many of your reasons for running as we can.

Ranj and Jiress

Ranj and Jiress experienced 2 miscarriages before their 3rd pregnancy with their baby boy Rhian Maahi Bhudia. Although everything had been progressing well with their 3rd pregnancy, sadly Rhian was born sleeping at 27 weeks. Ranj and Jiress are running the LLHM in memory of Rhian, and together have already raised over £3000 to support the work that Tommy’s does.

Sasha and Lola

In April 2023, Sasha will be taking on the challenge of running the London Landmarks Half Marathon, in memory of her first-born daughter Lola. After learning that Lola had a terminal illness and there was nothing they could do to save her, Sasha and her husband had to leave the hospital without their little girl. This is Lola’s story.

Natalie and Sarah

Natalie and Sarah have been through 5 rounds of IVF in which time they’ve had 2 failed attempts, 1 miscarriage, a beautiful baby boy, 1 sunset baby and a beautiful baby girl. They’re both running the LLHM 2023 in memory of their sunset baby, and to help raise awareness for Tommy’s.

Jamie's Reason for Running

"Aside from the obvious in that you are a fantastic charity doing incredible work, my main reason for running is due to a couple of our friends. Both have been through loss. A loss that I cannot even begin to comprehend, let alone empathise with. But their strength, courage and bravery in the face of this loss has been nothing short of inspiring. Both have been open, and vociferous in wanting to break the silence, and create a positive legacy for the babies that they so sadly lost. I guess by running I feel this can maybe help them do this in some small way, and show them that what they have done has made a difference, and ultimately show solidarity.

I will be running in their honour and frankly feel proud to do so."

Jamie Thorpe


Karen and her husband have had 4 pregnancies, all of them have sadly ended in miscarriage. Karen is taking part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon 2023 for Tommy’s, as she has found some comfort in reading the stories of others who, like her, have been trying to make sense of what has happened to them.

Charlotte's Reason for Running

"On the 14th of February 2023 my beautiful Niece Mavi-Mae was born 17 weeks early due to my sister's placenta erupting. Mavi-Mae was with us for 8 days and I promised her I’d run/walk a 1000 miles in her name and a promise is a promise."

Charlotte Ryan


After experiencing 2 miscarriages, Rubie and Ben sought the support of 3 Tommy’s clinics. After months of research and investigation, as well as the support of Tommy’s professors and midwives, Rubie and Ben welcomed their double rainbow baby.

Claire and David

Claire will be running the London Landmarks Half Marathon for Tommy’s on Sunday 2 April 2023, the day that she and her husband, David, should have welcomed their baby into the world. Claire and David have had more than 10 losses – but with the help of Tommy’s research trials, Claire and David are hoping for their rainbow baby. This is Claire’s reason for running.


Zoe and Dan welcomed their first baby, Elsie, into the world in 2019 following a healthy pregnancy. Nothing could prepare them for the heartbreak of baby loss during the pandemic, and the rollercoaster of emotion that followed during their next pregnancy. Thankfully, Zoe and Dan’s rainbow baby, Ezra, was born in 2021. Now, Zoe is running the LLHM 2023 to raise money and awareness for Tommy’s.