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Tuesday, 11 August 2020


The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity launches The Marsden Marathon

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The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is excited to launch the Marsden Marathon; a new running challenge asking supporters to run 26.2 miles in 26 days during September.

With autumn running events cancelled or hanging in the balance due to coronavirus, this free virtual running challenge gives those who were already training for an event a new goal to work towards and gives people who have never considered running before an accessible way to take on 26.2 miles. The distance can be completed at everyone’s own pace; whether that’s a mile a day, all 26 in one go, or anything in between. Funds raised from sponsorship will support staff and patients at the world-leading cancer hospital, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Around 400 supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity were due to raise over £700,000 by taking part in running events this year including The Royal Parks Half Marathon, the Virgin Money London Marathon and the Great North Run. While some events will take place next spring instead, the Charity is expecting income to be negatively impacted.

Deborah James, author, broadcaster and Royal Marsden patient, said:

“Running is my release, and about the only time my mind actually feels clear. It gives me hope, and I’m going to do the Marsden Marathon for all the friends I’ve lost along the way, for The Royal Marsden who keep me going and for myself, because running makes me feel alive. I have really rubbish days when I don’t want to do anything, so if I can run a couple of kilometres when I have stage four cancer then anyone can do it! I was planning to run the London Marathon and am still hoping to do so, but this will keep me going in the meantime!”

Supporters can sign up online where they’ll get their own web page which is linked to Strava so they can keep track of their miles, raise funds and unlock virtual badges. There’s a Facebook group for runners, participants will receive a Royal Marsden Cancer Charity running buff when they have raised £50 and a medal for those who raise £200.

Funds raised from the Marsden Marathon will ensure that The Royal Marsden can continue to improve the lives of people affected by cancer, from funding state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research to creating the very best patient environments.

To sign up for the Marsden Marathon visit: royalmarsden.org/marsden-marathon

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