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Virtual London Marathon heroes brave the rain for Weldmar

Together, they’ve raised around £14,000 towards our vital services

Whilst many of us stayed cosy and warm at home on the morning of Sunday 4th October, whilst the rain drove down across Dorset, a number of dedicated Weldmar Hospicecare supporters were out in the elements, running 26.2 miles in the Virtual London Marathon.

The showpiece event usually happens in April, but Covid-19 meant it had to be postponed, and organisers announced recently that only elite runners would be allowed to take part in the actual race.

The thousands of fun runners were invite to run their own marathon distance on the day, closer to home, meaning much needed funds could still be raised for Weldmar.

Alaine Harman, Running and Challenges Fundraiser for Weldmar, said, “I am so incredibly proud of our runners – they faced the worst possible weather conditions and without the crowd and atmosphere of London to help and encourage them but they all did amazingly well – they had lots of local support and between them raised around £14,000.”

Here’s what some of our runners had to say about the experience:

Shaun Vallard: “I really enjoyed it despite being very wet and cold – although I found that I had to run an extra half mile to my finish point!  I even stopped for a couple of cups of tea with friends along the way!”

Bev Wadams: “Listening to Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram on the way was amazing with their audio updates every mile. Going over Hengisbury Head was tough, and I probably embarrassed my running buddy by wearing a bin bag under my running vest when it got really wet!”

Debbie Moore and James Merritt: “Our bodies are a bit battled today, but we are proud of ourselves. Thank you.”

Jonny Clissold: “It was surprising all good for energy levels and my legs, but I had to give up running across the Portland Beach Road due to the rain and wind so had to add an extra lap of the harbour at the end. Looking forward to next year – hopefully with a flat route and better weather I can make it in 3 hr 30! Thank you Alaine for your support at the finish line.”

Kate Morris: “I’m a bit achy today – walking one step at a time going downstairs!  I had a great finish with friends and family and just so pleased to have done it – it shows what is achievable.”

Thank you to all of these brave runners, and to Helen and Darren Oshea who also completed the Virtual London Marathon for Weldmar Hospicecare.

Do you have what it takes to take on a fundraising challenge of your own for us?  It doesn’t have to be a marathon – just set yourself a target that suits you.  You don’t even need to complete a distance in one go.  You could also come up with another unique task or challenge and get sponsors!  Just contact alaine.harman@weld-hospice.org.uk for a chat, and to find out how Weldmar can support you while you support us.

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