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Leonard’s Enjoyment to Employment challenge

Leonard Symeonides, who took part in London Marathon in support of London Transport Museum’s Enjoyment to Employment programme, which aims to turn childhood enthusiasm for transport into careers in industry. Leonard achieved a remarkable time of 3 hours, 43 minutes and 18 seconds and beat his fundraising target (£1,500) by raising £1,733.18! This will enable the 125 families to discover and enjoy the history of London's famous transport network together.
Leonard Symeonides, who took part in London Marathon in support of London Transport Museum’s Enjoyment to Employment programme, which aims to turn childhood enthusiasm for transport into careers in industry. Leonard achieved a remarkable time of 3 hours, 43 minutes and 18 seconds and beat his fundraising target (£1,500) by raising £1,733.18! This will enable the 125 families to discover and enjoy the history of London's famous transport network together.

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Leonard shares his story:

“At 13:47 on 23 April 2017, I crossed the finish line of the London Virgin Money Marathon, and reached the end of a five-month journey.

It wasn’t my first marathon, but the opportunity to apply for London Transport Museum charity place came when my wife Demi was already eight months pregnant.

We had to think very carefully before I applied, are the first four months after becoming a dad for the first time really the best time to train and fundraise for a marathon?

Researching the Museum however, and its activities supporting children and young adults through its Enjoyment to Employment scheme, we decided that it was a charity that most definitely deserved our support and one which I would be immensely proud to be running for.

The fact that it doesn’t receive as much publicity as it deserves made us determined to do whatever we could to raise not only funds but also awareness for them.

Demi was brilliantly supportive as always, knowing how much I have wanted to run London; but having trained for marathons before, I wasn’t sure how long runs would feel after sleepless nights, or whether all the training would make me absent from baby Philip’s first months of life.

It was of course the right decision: everyone in the Museum were brilliant, their support and encouragement invaluable and we will never forget their supportive emails, the gift for Philip’s birth or the very touching letter I received from the Director after the Marathon.

And yes, marathon training is pretty hard. As is becoming a dad for the first time. Attempting the two simultaneously is, frankly, a bit silly. But at the same time so absolutely, fantastically brilliant that I would do it all again in a heartbeat!”

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