Residents on St Johns Rd, Ilkley, have run the length of the London Marathon to raise money for Carers’ Resource, with the first lap completed by Team GB triathlete Brit Tate.
Thirty households took part, on what would have been the day of the London Marathon. Their idea came after the launch of the national 2.6 Challenge, which aims to raise the profile of charities that are still running services during lockdown but have a limited opportunity to fundraise.
Each household completed four laps in isolation from the rest of the street, who cheered along from their windows and gardens. Houses were trimmed up with decorations and banners and some households did their laps in fancy dress. One family dressed as clowns was interviewed live on Sky News!
It’s an amazing charity that provides the support for people who needing even more support at the moment, so it’s going to a really good cause.Participant Duncan Cooper
Other residents in fancy dress included Rick Eccles, who was Freddie Mercury, complete with heels. Jon Scaife dressed as an American footballer, and his wife Rebecca was a parrot, while unpaid carer Kate Rogers, 52, who wore a “spaghetti western” costume.
Me and my family, including the kids, help support my father who is blind and in self-isolation at the moment. Being part of the event was so important – Carers’ Resource is a fantastic charity supporting all carers both young and old, who are very often unpaid and isolated. I feel proud to give back to such a charity that provides so much help for others.Carer Kate Rogers
The event in numbers:
- 26.2 miles target = 88 laps of the street
- 110 miles completed in total, smashing the target
- 30 households
- 100 people
- A few dogs
- One Bob the cat, who always lies in the middle of the pavement and had to be hurdled by the runners
It was amazing. It was such an honour to be asked to support such a great event for a brilliant charity that is supporting carers”Triathlete Brit Tate
Carers’ Resource chief executive Chris Whiley and the rest of the team at the charity gave their thanks and warmest wishes to all the people involved.
Donate to the St Johns Road Challenge via their Just Giving page, or if you want to set up your own challenge please email firstname.lastname@example.org