7 November 2017

Team Zoe goes the distance at the New York Marathon

zoe_NY_celebration_2Sparks supporter Zoe North took on and conquered the famous New York Marathon course, completing the last five-mile leg of her multi-day challenge on 5 November.

Zoe who was born very prematurely, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at two years old, completed the course in five days with support from Team Zoe: 16 family and friends new and old, including James Davies and Alex Wilson from Deutsche Bank who completed the London Marathon with her in 2016.

Despite doctors’ prognosis that she would never walk, Zoe has now completed two marathons for Sparks, raising over £260,000 in the process.

Zoe was recognised by Prime Minister David Cameron with a Points of Light award after her first marathon in 2016.

Zoe said, “The New York Marathon is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

“But every step was made worthwhile by the support and motivation of Team Zoe and the fantastic research project funded by Sparks that I have chosen to support through my challenge.”

Zoe and Team Zoe celebrate at the New York Marathon

Zoe’s marathon effort will fund Dr Tina Chowdhury and her team, who want to develop the first-ever treatment for premature fetal membrane damage.

As well as friends and family, Zoe had messages of support from some famous Sparks supporters.

Una Healy and Ben Foden’s good luck message to Zoe

Gabby Logan’s good luck message to Zoe

Elvi Morrison, Head of Sparks, said, “We’re all astounded at Zoe’s determination and courage this year again and just how much support she and the team inspired through donations.

“Zoe, you’re a true inspiration and we can’t thank you and Team Zoe enough.”