Virtual London Marathon 4/10/2020

Runners make a marathon effort to help Round Table Children’s Wish

WOW!  What a surreal journey the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon has been for our charity runners.

Our big-hearted runners from all over England and as far away as Indonesia and the Netherlands have helped boost the funds of our charity so we can continue to grant poorly children aged four to 17 their dearest wish.

A determined gang of 20 supporters took to streets and parks for this year’s virtual London Marathon in aid of Round Table Children’s Wish.

The 2020 London Marathon was originally meant to take place on Sunday 26th April, but due to the Covid-19 virus it was postponed to Sunday 4th October, which then turned into the world’s biggest virtual marathon. 

On Sunday 4th October, 45,000 runners across 109 countries took on the worldwide virtual marathon where participants had 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to run, jog or walk the 26.2-mile distance on the course of their choice, anytime from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST.

Undaunted by persistent rain and strong winds on the ‘virtual’ marathon day, the 20 runners all completed their 26.2 miles in great spirits and raised vital funds for our charity.

Among them were five runners from the Round Table family, mother and son Margaret and Neil Crummack who ran together, Heidi Inns who has now completed 10 marathons for the charity, and five-and-a-half-months-pregnant mum-of-three Kellie Clark.

A HUGE thank you goes out to all our runners. They trained and fundraised tirelessly throughout all four seasons, whilst encountering a global pandemic so we can continue with our work.   

On the virtual marathon day RTCW was also remembering Nigel Lloyd, a vital part of the team who passed away this year.

Nigel was our Virgin Money London Marathon Team’s Training Support Volunteer and was essential to our VLM charity team, offering his expertise and producing training plans tailored to each runner’s ability.

Nigel had completed 18 marathons and was the Founder of Warley Woods Pacers Running Club. He encouraged our runners enormously. All our runners wore black armbands on the virtual marathon day to pay their respects to Nigel. We will all miss him.

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary of granting handcrafted wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, we are truly grateful for the commitment our runners gave to Round Table Children’s Wish and want to thank everyone who supported them.