Created when the London Marathon was postponed this year, Cornwall Hospice Care’s ‘Your Marathon Your Pace’ event has smashed its target. 491 adults, children and dogs pledged to walk or run a half or full marathon over four weeks and it’s now been revealed that they collectively raised a huge £46,503. Now the charity is launching a virtual cycling event and the chance to become a Cornwall Hospice Care Ironman.

Oli Hoare is Cornwall Hospice Care’s Head of Fundraising; “We’ve been blown away by the success of our virtual marathon and the stories that have come out of it. Two dogs and their owners walked three marathon distances in the four weeks, some ran a marathon on the morning we launched the challenge and others have done a mile or so a day to get to their target. I thank them all and their reward is a bespoke medal and the knowledge they’ve funded 2,325 hours of nursing care at our two Cornish hospices.” Some of those who took part are pictured here.

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Now, as the Tour of Britain has been cancelled, the Cornish healthcare charity is launching Tour de Cornwall, a virtual cycling event. The idea is to cover 100 miles at your own pace during the month of June. Mel Evans is the Events and Community Manager for the charity; ”You can do this on your own or you can enter as a family. The idea is to get us all motivated to get out and get moving and of course to raise critical funds for our two hospices.”

Registration for the cycle has opened here; www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk/events/tourdecornwall

Entry fees will be £10 per adult, £5 per child and you can grab yourself a Team CHC Cycling Jersey, Running Vest or Supporter T-shirt to show the world you’re supporting your local Hospice.

Team CHC Lock Down Triathlon

“Now the eagle eyed will have spotted that we’ve offered a marathon followed by a 100 mile cycle and it hasn’t passed us by,” says Mel, “so we thought if we added a 2.4 mile swim in July we have ourselves an Ironman Triathlon!”

“To make this inclusive, like the marathon and the cycle, we won’t insist on a swim, if you’d rather you can surf it or paddle it. You’ll have the whole month to reach the target and there’ll be another fabulous ‘Team CHC Lockdown Triathlon Medal’ if you complete all three challenges.

Registration for the swim will open in mid-June.

Oli Hoare again; “Whilst this is all great fun, it would be amazing if you could find a few friends to support you as every penny counts when it comes to funding the care we provide at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and St Julia’s Hospice and you will have helped make a huge difference in these tough times. So please remember to set up a JustGiving page when you register; a modest goal is very achievable and feels amazing when you beat it, especially when you know it’s going to fund the care of people in their last precious moments.”

Get on your bike for Cornwall Hospice Care’s Tour de Cornwall.