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Bucks residents completing home marathons for charity

Today would have been the London marathon

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 8:00am 26th April 2020. (Updated at 11:51am 27th April 2020) 3-minute read.

Bucks residents completing home marathons for charity

Many Buckinghamshire residents have been inspired to run a marathon despite events being cancelled because of the pandemic. 

Today would have seen the London Marathon among others taking place, and for runners like Jennifer Carr from Aylesbury it was disappointing when it was cancelled. 

However, instead of relaxing Jennifer has decided she will still run a marathon even if it is by herself. 

Jennifer explained: 

"It will just be me, my trainers and my watch to check my distance and time. 

When you strip back the medals, the crowds and the photographs the real reason your running it is at the heart of it.

"I signed up to run for those children and I want to be able to complete the mission I set out to do. Not for me, but the children and the charity who are really waiting on me to bring in that fundraising."

Jennifer is running to raise money for Make a Wish, a charity that supports critically ill children by granting a wish of theirs. 

And she isn't alone, many others like Rob Palmer will be completing a marathon to make sure the charities get the funding they desperately need from these events. 

Rob marathon

Due to run the Shakespeare marathon today Rob is now running 1393 laps around his garden instead.

Despite the garden marathon being today, Rob has already raised his target for the NHS.

He is encouraging people to think creatively about fundraising right now:

"Having done the training and heard about people running crazy distances on balconies, in living rooms and in gardens the thought was planted in my head. I thought it seemed a shame to waste the training and could combine completing a personal challenge with raising some money for the NHS who are doing such a great job in the face of adversity.

"I would encourage people to look at creative ways to keep up fundraising. As long as people are safe and adhere to the Government guidelines, the more creative the better.

"I've been blown away by the generosity of the donations I've already received in just 6 days. They have far exceeded my expectations. I would partly put this down to the Marathon taking place in the unusual setting of a garden and involving 1393 laps! With mass participation events currently cancelled, there will be many charities missing out on vital fundraising."

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