Pink Lady® and the Virgin Money London Marathon

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 - especially our Pink Lady® runners!


A big well done to Gary Edwards, Tom Grantham, Naz Massey, Derek Pickles and Karen Ruddell, of Kent-based running club Beginners2Runners, who completed the staggering 26.2 miles dressed as Pink Lady® apples in the hottest London marathon on record!

We are so proud of our runners who managed to raise a massive £4,500 and counting for chosen charity, Dandelion Time, a charitable project for children and young people traumatised by abuse, neglect or having early life attachment difficulties. 

We are truly in awe of our Pink Lady® runners’ amazing achievement.

This is the 12th year Pink Lady® has been involved in the Virgin Money London Marathon, providing marathon runners who finish the race with a Pink Lady® apple in their goody bag.

This year Pink Lady® also supplied 2,000 Pink Lady® apples at the finish line to the heroic finishers of the London Mini Marathon, a three-mile course for those aged between 11-18.


You can find out more about this year’s Pink Lady® apple runners in the bios below

Or for the latest updates on Dandelion Time, please visit


Pink Lady® apples have worked with the Virgin Money London Marathon for many years and we’re proud to provide every person who crosses the infamous finish line with a Pink Lady® apple - the perfect, snackisfying pick me up!

Why not take a look at our training tips videos for warming up, running and cooling down to help with your training?

Derek Pickles

Who am I? Derek Pickles. When did I start at B2R? January 2017 to support my wife Shelley and my family. We joined Coxheath as the start time was 6.00pm meaning the kids could come along even whe...

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Gary Edwards

My name is Gary Edwards and I have been dry for 2 weeks, all because of my training for THE London Marathon. I am 46 years old and have been running with B2R Snodland since October 2016 after joi...

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Karen Ruddall

I'm Karen. I live in Maidstone with my husband and two teenage boys and I work in a school in Ashford as a Family Liaison Officer. I've belonged to Beginners 2 Runners since July 2016, when I joi...

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Nazlihan Massey

I am Naz, 35 years old, married with a 5 year old and I am from Turkey. I started running with B2R 4 years ago as I wanted to get fit and healthy (I hadn't done any exercise before) and make some f...

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Tom Grantham

Hi I'm Tom Grantham and I'm lucky enough to be running the London marathon for Pink Lady® Apples and the fantastic Dandelion Time charity this year! I'm 30 and have been running for 4 years now a...

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