Meet Gianluca, Our London Marathon Runner Fundraising for DR UK!

Mon,11 March 2024
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We are very excited to introduce one of our London Marathon Runners, Gianluca! Read on to find out more about him, how training for the marathon is going and why he chose to fundraise for Disability Rights UK.

Hey everyone! I’m Gianluca, a 28-year-old Italian living in London for just over three years. By day, I’m a revenue enablement consultant for a software tech company, but outside the office, I’m a social butterfly, foodie, and active individual who thrives on being with others.

The London Marathon represents an exciting new challenge for me. I do love sports and I am a CrossFitter, however this will be my first foray into the world of marathon running. With my sights set on the finish line, I’ve committed to a 16-week training plan, which started at the beginning of January. Weekends are marked by long runs, and I track my progress on the Strava app - life saver! I recently completed a half marathon, and am steadily building my endurance from then. My goal is to conquer the 32km mark by the end of March before tapering down my distances in preparation for race day on April 21st.

For me, marathon training isn’t just about physical exercise; it’s also a chance to indulge in the music I love - pop and house hits here we go! - almost as if I was throwing a little party on the streets of London while running!

My journey to the London Marathon isn’t solely about personal achievement—it’s also a platform for raising awareness and funds for Disability Rights UK. Growing up with my mum, who is a wheelchair user, I’ve witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by Disabled people. Inspired by her resilience and determination, I’m committed to supporting organizations like Disability Rights UK, dedicated to building a more inclusive society where everyone can thrive.

For me, the fight for disability rights and equality isn’t just a noble cause; it’s a deeply personal mission. I envision a world where barriers are dismantled, opportunities are accessible to all, and individuals are judged not by their abilities but by their character and contributions to society. Through my participation in the London Marathon and my fundraising efforts, I hope to play a small part in realizing that vision.

With each step, I move closer to the finish line—and closer to a future where disability rights are not just a dream but a reality for all.

See you on race day! 


To donate to Gianluca's page, visit this fundraising site.