virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon
Published 15th October 2020 | Community & Events, OM&M News

Paul becomes finisher in the 40th race as he competes in the virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

Okay, so the Chiltern Hills and the canal towpaths of Bedfordshire may not be the city of London, but he did it – Paul completed the virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon!

On October 4th, despite the horrendously wet weather, our Practice Manager, Paul Lockhart, joined 45,000 other participants and bravely ran 26.2 miles, in the virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.

With the official London Marathon postponed once again this year due to COVID-19, the world’s largest virtual marathon took place instead, so that much-needed money for charities could be raised.

Paul’s route actually totalled 28 miles, beginning near the canal museum at Stoke Bruerne, on the grand union canal and finishing at The Grove Lock in Leighton Buzzard.

Thanks to his incredible efforts throughout his training and on the day itself, Paul has raised a total of £3,152 for his chosen charity, Headway – the brain injury charity.

The 41-year-old father, said;

“I’d like to thank all of you who have added to my target of £5,000.

I started the day at just over £2,400 and the aim for the virtual was to get this over £2,500, but you helped me smash that and I now have over £3,000.

I still have London next year (fingers crossed) to look forward to.

I would also like to thank my amazing wife, Debbie, and my kids for supporting me through the virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.

To Rob and Annalie, who saw me off the start line with Debbie and who found me on two other occasions to shout words of encouragement.

To Emma my sister, my Dad and Sue for finding me too.

To Lyn and Mike along with Debbie and the kids came to the Three Locks along with Paul and Christine Glide.

And to all the other runners and supporters who gave me encouragement along the way.

It was a great day and one I will not forget.

I’ll keep running now in preparation for next year”.

On the day, Paul was filmed live via his Facebook page ‘Lockhart’s Headway London Marathon Journey’.

To help Paul go even further and reach his £5,000 target, please visit his fundraising page.

A huge congratulations, Paul, from all of us at OM&M! 🙂

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