If you’re struggling to find the inspiration for your daily exercise, Cornwall Hospice Care can help. The Cornish healthcare charity is launching three virtual challenges from a 37 mile walk you can do over a month to a half marathon that must be achieved in one run.

The Hospice to Hospice Virtual Challenge is aimed at all abilities and ages and runs from now until Sunday 21st February.  The idea is to walk, jog or run the distance between Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle, but somewhere local to home. The actual distance is 37 miles so that can be broken down to less than a mile a day!  Entrants are being asked to record their activity and when finished to send proof in to receive a medal. Hospice to Hospice Virtual Challenge | Cornwall Hospice Care

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For those who’d rather jump on their bikes, there’s the option to join LEJOG, a virtual ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Entrants have got all year to cover the 874 miles in rides local to their home areas. Again, there’s a medal as a reward and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped fund the charity’s keyworker teams. Lands End to John O’ Groats | Cornwall Hospice Care

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Sadly, the pandemic and current lock down have also disrupted plans for the charity’s annual half marathon, Run Falmouth.  Given the restrictions, this year the very popular event is moving to a virtual platform.  Entrants are encouraged to complete the 13.1-mile route in one run and in their own locality between the 14th and 31st of March. Run Falmouth Virtual 2021 | Cornwall Hospice Care

Jane Appleton from Cornwall Hospice Care’s fundraising team, says support for these virtual events is more vital than ever before; “Here we are back in lock down and with all our shops shut. It’s severely affected our ability to bring in the funds and yet we need to protect our two wonderful hospices that have continued to admit and care for patients throughout this pandemic. These virtual events allow people to take their daily exercise for a great Cornish cause. Every sponsored mile someone walks, runs or rides means we’re nearer to keeping all our hospice beds open for those patients across Cornwall who need us.”

The two pictures below are of 2020 winner Dave Angell from the Mile High Club who completed the run in 1:15:09 (runner number 750) and first woman over the line, Sarah Hoskin, also of the Mile High Club who did the distance in 1:25:29 (runner number 655).

The Run Falmouth course record of 1.14.28, set by Colin Snook of Cornwall AC in 2019, still stands.

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