Blythe House and Helen’s Trust are delighted to have secured three places in the 2021 virtual London Marathon event set to take place on Sunday 3rd October. To find out more about how to get involved, click here.

Charlie Narejko took on the 40th anniversary and first ever virtual London Marathon in 2020 in aid of Blythe House, raising hundreds of pounds for local hospice care and becoming a Guinness World Record Holder in the process! (The final finishing total of 37,966 runners meant that the event was awarded the prestigious title for the ‘most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours’).

Charlie, who’s a member of Buxton Athletic Club, explains more: ‘Running the virtual London Marathon was just the best experience. I was one of just over 37,000 awesome people from all walks of life to tackle the unbelievable distance. Thanks to the virtual event, I am now a Guinness World Record Holder for taking part which is amazing!

‘You don’t need to be an athlete to run a marathon, you just need to be awesome! Celebrate the finish line not the finish time. You do not have to run, you can walk, jog, run or whatever, just get the distance your way! The perks of a virtual event is no crowds – it’s your race! I chose to run mine around the beautiful Pavilion Gardens, all 26 laps.

‘I was running in memory of Buxton Athletic Club’s Jim Bradley so the Gardens were perfect. Home of our monthly timed 5k race. I’m sure Jim would have been proud. I even had a small socially distanced support crew to cheer me round!

‘I chose to support Blythe House as what they do and offer to our local community is truly amazing! Now more than ever our local hospice charity needs all the support it can get. By running the virtual event, you’re helping yourself, and you’re getting fitter. You’re also helping raise much needed funds for your local hospice and along the way you’re inspiring others to do the same!

‘If I can do this, anyone can! I loved it so much that I’m doing it again this year. Not all heroes wear capes…some wear Blythe house running vests!’