In February, the Trust and London Marathon Events Ltd announced the winning team of aspiring young architects that will design the Mile 18 marker for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. The competition has provided a rare opportunity for young architects to have their design built and seen by the 40,100 runners in the marathon and millions more around the world watching the race on television.
Launched on Stephen Lawrence’s birthday (13th September), the competition to design the Mile 18 marker reflects Stephen’s own aspiration to pursue a career in architecture as well as his love of running – he was a member of the Cambridge Harriers running club and competed in the Mini London Marathon in 1988.
The winning team was announced at the launch of an exhibition showcasing the work of the ten shortlisted teams. Designed by three part one architecture graduates (Shreeya Radia, Quincy Haynes and Ayanna Blair-Ford, pictured above), the winning concept ‘Because of Stephen we can’ celebrates the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, and will form an inspiring focal point for runners and spectators during the marathon.
The design incorporates brightly coloured plaques with quotes from young people describing the personal impact that Stephen Lawrence’s life and legacy has had on them. The structure will also project a mix of music and brief audio clips of people describing Stephen’s impact.
The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April, shortly after the inaugural national Stephen Lawrence Day on Monday 22 April. It is not only an opportunity to inspire the many marathon runners but in particular those running for Stephen’s Team, who will be raising much-needed funds for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.