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Meet our London Marathon Virtual Race 2020 runners!

Earlier this year, our dedicated #TeamOrange runners were getting geared up to tighten their running shoes and take part in the iconic London Marathon 2020 40th Race.

Taking on the London Marathon is an enormous feat. Preparing for the iconic event takes an unbelievable amount of passion, sweat and pain to cross the finish line. However, nothing could prepare you for the event to be cancelled just one month before it was due to take place.

This year we may not be able to cheer in person for our #TeamOrange runners, but we want to tell their stories and celebrate them taking on the new, virtual challenge in aid of Challengers.

On the 4th October, our runners will be participating in the virtual race. They have 24 hours to complete the 26.2 mile distance along any route of their choice.

Please join us in wishing them good luck as they take on this epic challenge! Take a look at some our team’s inspiring stories below.

Meet Ellie

Why did you choose to run for Challengers?
Having lived in the local area for most of my life, I have seen some of the amazing work that Challengers do for families close to me. My cousin has cerebral palsy and while he doesn’t live in the local area, charities like Challengers have helped him to lead a fulfilling life and to provide my auntie and uncle with respite over the years – I saw the opportunity to help fund this care and grabbed it!

How did you feel about the event being postponed then, later cancelled and becoming a virtual event?
2020 has been a year full of uncertainty for everyone – it was difficult having the goalpost of the marathon moved multiple times this year, however running throughout lockdown has helped to keep me sane! It’s been great having something to work towards, even when I wasn’t sure when it would be!

What made you want to take part in the virtual event?
While it won’t be the same as running on the streets of London, I saw the virtual event as a great opportunity to keep raising money for Challengers.

Feeling inspired? You can sponsor our #TeamOrange runners here.

Meet Giulia

What inspired you to take on this challenge? 
My daughter and her passion for inclusivity and fairness. I love the ethos of the charity – everyone deserves the opportunity to be challenged, stimulated and have fun.

What made you want to take part in the virtual event?
Because it’s not the strongest who survive, but the most adaptable – and we all have to adapt to the world in which we find ourselves. Who knows when there will be another London Marathon again? What we do know is that there has never been a Virtual London Marathon before – it’s the 40th race and it will be a truly unique experience

What’s helped to keep you motivated through training?
The sponsorship and support of my colleagues and friends which I had already received – I want to honour my commitment to them and to Challengers. It didn’t feel right not to see the challenge through to a suitable conclusion, whatever the current limitations.

Meet Heidi

What inspired you to take on this challenge?
I chose to run for challengers again because they are such an amazing charity that provide incredible support and opportunities to children and families in our local areas that otherwise might not access the facilities to help them develop their social skills and respite for the families.

I couldn’t say no to running the virtual race, it’s a once in a life time opportunity and I can’t wait to be part of that.

What’s helped to keep you motivated through training?
Remembering all of the children that need the funding have absolutely kept me motivated to keep going. I always think ‘I’m running for those that can’t’.

I most excited about making people smile in my fancy dress!