Tara Twyman should have been running London Marathon on Sunday but obviously it could not go ahead this year.
She told Uckfield FM:
“Rather than sit at home wishing I was running, I decided to run the marathon on a treadmill in our back garden and still raise some money for the Yoga Mission – an incredible charity founded and run by a dear friend which provides education, shelter and security to disabled and disadvantaged children and women in Varanasi, India.
“I’ll be honest, I thought it would be horrific, but my amazing family brought the event alive for me by recreating the whole London experience, from the queues for the portaloos at the start to the iconic landmarks en route, and there was even a foil blanket, a medal and finisher’s photo at the finish! I have been lucky enough to run the London marathon 4 times before, and about 35 marathons in total and I can honestly say this was one of the most fun!
“My 7 year old son Leo played a large part in making all this happen, and while I was plodding along he was zipping round the garden on his bike, clocking up the miles of his own cycling marathon! So far (Tuesday) he’s up to 10 miles, and he aims to complete the 26.2 mile marathon distance by this Sunday, 3rd May.
“Leo would love other children (and adults) to join in too so we have created Leo’s Lockdown Challenge. The challenge is to run or cycle (or walk, skip, crawl etc) as far as you can (in a safe lockdown style of course) by Sunday 3rd of May. To take part just donate to his justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lockdown-leo (we suggest £2.62), and you’ll receive a special Lockdown Challenge medal by email to print out, colour in and wear with pride!
“Yoga Mission was founded by a friend of mine, Lucy Guest. They, like everyone, have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and are in desperate need of funds. 5 years ago I ran 8 marathons in 8 days for the same charity and raised £10 000 which allowed them to open a kindergarten catering for 45 children. This is still going strong and they have been adding a class each year as the children travel up the school. It’s incredibly rewarding to be involved with such a small charity and to see directly what our fundraising can achieve. We hope that we can make a difference to many vulnerable children’s lives whilst having fun and making a difference to our own.”
To support Tara or Leo you can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lockdown-leo or https://www.paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/138907?fbclid=IwAR3M-mkgQHPCfy0bpBmotoMg8fGlAyy01vFnv4xrwAjqJL-W5SwDsQR_zG0