The London Marathon as we know and love it is off this year and the official 2020 entrants are being encouraged to run the distance in their home areas instead of the city. Now the group who would have been taking part in support of Cornish healthcare charity, Cornwall Hospice Care are inviting people to support them by signing up to run in a local event on the Camel Trail on Sunday 4th October.
Pictured above; Andrew Murphy and Rob Cherry, previous London Marathon participants for Cornwall Hospice Care.
This year’s London Marathon will now be an event for elite runners only, while all other participants are being encouraged to cover the distance in their local surroundings. Mel Evans is the charity’s Events and Community Manager; “Some of our official entrants in the event have decided to run the distance in the same venue so we’re offering a limited number of places to those who’d like to support our official runners as they complete the 26.2 miles from Wenford Bridge (Bodmin) to Wadebridge and back. We’ll have a staggered start, social distancing and a festival type atmosphere, but with a Cornish twist.”
Entry for this supporting event will be £25 and participants will be asked to raise a minimum £100 for the charity. In return they’ll receive a Cornwall Hospice Care running vest and a very special, bespoke medal, as Mel explains; “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a chance to take part in a one-off event triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. For our official runners it won’t be quite the same as taking part in London and it certainly won’t be the same as receiving a coveted London Marathon medal, but it will be a supporters medal you can treasure as a memento of an extraordinary occasion.”
Money raised with help fund our hospice beds
Money raised at the event will help fund the beds at Cornwall Hospice Care’s two hospices; Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia’s in Hayle. Thanks to the charity’s key nursing workers, both have remained open 24/7 and admitting patients throughout the pandemic.
To sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to support Cornwall Hospice Care’s London Marathon runners, follow this link: https://www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk/events/virtuallylondon/
A word of caution from Mel Evans; “You’ll have to hurry as there are only a limited number of places up for grabs for this historic event in this extraordinary year.”