Lyn Scarfe is all set to complete the Virtual London Marathon Challenge on Sunday 3 October to raise vital funds for Demelza.

Last year, Lyn was set to do the London Landmarks Half Marathon for Demelza, but when COVID-19 struck this event was cancelled. But this didn’t deter Lyn and four of her friends that she regular runs with, who decided to do organise a half marathon run of their own in the Kent countryside to put their training to good use. 

Lyn said: 

“It was brilliant still being about to run together, but making sure to keep appropriate distance with the guidelines in place at the time. We had a couple of club members supporting us around the route in a car, carrying our water bottles and sweets while playing eye of the tiger as they drove past, a friend rode part of the route on horseback to keep us motivated and one of our dads went ahead on his motorbike making sure the road was clear.  

“On the day of the London Marathon last year, I woke up with a real sense of regret that I hadn’t signed up for it, and had missed the opportunity to be part of this amazing event. 

“This led me to enter the ballot for a place in 2021, but unfortunately, I didn’t get a place. However, instead I was guaranteed a place to run in the Virtual London Marathon on 3 October. 

“Demelza is a charity that we as a family, have supported since my sister-in-law started working there when it first opened in 1998 and told us about the amazing work they do. Demelza believes every child and young person that has a serious or terminal condition should receive the care and attention they need to live the most fulfilling life they can and that they and their families have the opportunity to build memories for however long they have together.” 

Feeling inspired by Lyn’s story? Then why not sign up to take part in one of our upcoming challenge events.