A level English tutor Ms. Julia Geddes completed the Virtual London Marathon in 4 hours and 33 minutes on Sunday 4 October! Keen to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Mrs. Geddes ran 10 laps at Elvington Airport near York as part of the first Big Flat Runway Race. There was no starting gun; instead small, socially distanced groups set off at intervals, with their final time taken from the chip that each competitor wore.
Ms. Geddes said, “I am usually nervous before a race but this year was even more of a challenge as London had been cancelled along with all other marathons and I was unsure what to expect. However, on the day it all came together and the other 100 or so runners, mostly very athletic young men, were really supportive and encouraging as we all braved the 26.2 miles. As I was running with the London Marathon app I had Paula Radcliffe in my ears every mile also spurring me on. I am now very glad I did it and have a good for age place in next year’s London Marathon. I just hope life will be back to some sort of normal by then!”
In addition to gaining an excellent time, Mrs. Geddes was very pleased to raise £246 (so far) for Macmillan Cancer Support. Her Just Giving page is still live here.
Macmillan are a registered cancer charity. As it says on their website, “At Macmillan, we understand the many ways in which a cancer diagnosis can affect your life. Whatever cancer throws your way, we're right there with you.” You can read more about their work here.