Athletics: Harlow runners raise thousands as they run “virtual” London marathons

Athletics / Mon 5th Oct 2020 at 09:58am

A HOST of Harlow runners took part in a virtual version of the London Marathon on Sunday.

Covid-19 meant the 40th running of the race in London was restricted to elite athletes however the 40,000 runners who had entered the race were invited to run it “virtually”.

So many Harlow runners duly took up the challenge.

Whether you ran in a group or individually, well done.

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Essex Police Special Inspector, Andy Jamieson ran all 26 miles for Care of Police Survivors (Cops)


A number of the ParkrunandBeyond runners took on the 26 miles, 385 yards.

Steve Osman finished in 4 hrs 13 mins and 10 seconds. Much of the run was between Newhall and Harlow Mill.

Rachel Bayliss looks ecstatic as she also completed her marathon in what can only be described as “testing conditions.”

Emma Elven has made remarkable improvements in her running times over the last two years. Emma completed her run in 5hrs 14 secs.

From Harlow Running Club

Robin Lozeau started his run at 15 seconds past midnight and was subsequently the first club member to finish.

Kevin Smith ran his “race” around Dorney Lake and was the member with the quickest time having covered the distance in an excellent 3 hours 31 minutes despite receiving treatment recently for a calf injury.

Club Chairperson Andrew Kitson opted to cover the distance by running 52 laps of a 0.53 mile hilly loop in Potter Street that equated to an elevation gain of 724m (equivalent to running up and down the Ingleborough mountain in Yorkshire). Andrew raised close to £11,000 for Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

Other members had to overcome flooded roads and canal paths to complete the challenge and some ran the full distance, or large portions of it, alongside their compatriots just to be supportive!

Terasa Holden ran eight loops of the river raising £1.7k for Victa.

Dave Goosetree did the run with Paul Watts a blind club member by running a one mile loop though Gundy Park in Cheshunt.

Dave Nicholas ran for Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity and completed the full 26.2 miles and raised £3000.

As always various charities have been supported through the members’ fundraising efforts. These include Hospice UK, Victa, Great Ormond Street, Save The Rhinos, Saint Francis Hospice, Rays Of Sunshine Children’s Charity and The Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

Collectively the members have raised almost £20,000 with more than £12,500 of that money going to The Essex Disabled Sports Foundation our Ladies Captain Janice Paige donated £100 to the British Heart foundation which is a charity close to her heart.

St Clare Hospice

There was a number of runners competing in order to raise money for the wonderful St Clare Hospice. This included Claire Stevens Pardoe.

Cali took the opportunity to run in a variety of fancy dress outfits.

It must have taken more energy change outfits than running! Well done Claire.

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1 Comment for Athletics: Harlow runners raise thousands as they run “virtual” London marathons:

Dominic Emery
2020-10-05 22:15:46

I was part of the crew running two loops of Harlow. Conditions abysmal but we kept in mind the causes we were raising money for. I was running for Essex Disabled Children and collected over £1,600 with fund matching from work. As my first marathon it will certainly be memorable

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