Discover ‘The Grand. The Quirky. The Hidden’ in your town and run
the Local Landmarks Challenge
With London Landmarks Half Marathon not going ahead as planned on Sunday 29th March, race organisers Tommy’s are currently in discussions with the local authorities to try and secure an alternative date. In the meantime, the charity are pleased to announce the launch of a new solo, virtual running challenge – the Local Landmarks Challenge.
In the spirit of the London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) and it’s celebration of ‘The Grand. The Quirky. The Hidden’ of London, runners are encouraged to get creative and identify their own ‘Local Landmarks’ and map a run around these local historical, hidden and quirky gems. From your local church, to your most frequented park, to a well-loved statue or town museum, the Local Landmarks Challenge is calling for runners to commit to run either a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon around their local landmarks. Runners who complete the challenge by May 3rd 2020 will earn an exclusive medal.
The London Landmarks Half Marathon is the brainchild of baby charity Tommy’s, who organise the run to benefit the entire charity sector. To date, over £12million has been raised for multiple charity partners through the 2018 and 2019 editions. With an additional £8.5million expected to have been raised in 2020, Tommy’s hope the Local Landmarks Challenge will encourage its dedicated community to continue fundraising for their chosen charities. These funds will go towards the vital fundraising runners are already committed to for the LLHM 2020. The Local Landmarks Challenge will also offer runners a way to make the most of their training and the opportunity to earn an exclusive medal.
Lia Fyles, Race Director said;
“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our runners, our loyal Yellow Army, to the event not going ahead as planned on the 29th March. They have all trained and fundraised so hard in preparation and many are continuing to do so. We may not all be able to run together on the 29th March, but what their response has shown is that the running community has the power to make a huge difference for many charities, as we individually take to our local streets and run our personal Local Landmarks Challenge.”
Lia adds: “Current public health advice is that people are able to run solo outside, and people are encouraged to keep exercising regularly. We hope the Local Landmarks Challenge will help provide both physical and mental wellbeing benefits. In a time of great uncertainty and increased isolation, we hope this will be a great way for people to support each other and feel connected virtually. If current Public Health guidelines change, the challenge will naturally be paused and only re-opened once it’s safe to do so.”
The Local Landmarks Challenge is open to everyone, whether they had a place in LLHM 2020 or not, providing an opportunity for all runners to take part. Those who do not have a confirmed place in the LLHM 2020 will be asked to pay a small entry fee to Tommy’s when they register. All profit is donated to baby charity Tommy's to fund their pioneering research to save babies' lives.
The London Landmarks Half Marathon is the brainchild of baby charity Tommy’s, who spent two and a half years developing the event to benefit the entire charity sector. With their offices based in the heart of the City, Tommy's noticed a gap in the market, realising a central London half marathon taking in the City and all of the Capital’s landmarks did not exist. Tommy’s therefore took the decision to pursue developing and launching a new central London half marathon to benefit both themselves, and many other charities too.
1 in 4 women will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth. Tommy’s believes that every baby lost is one too many.
Tommy’s is a national charity that works tirelessly to reduce the UK’s unacceptable rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. Tommy’s funds pioneering medical research to discover the causes of baby loss and help women at every stage of their pregnancy journeys; supporting them and their partners with expert information and care. Tommy’s wants pregnancy to be safer for all and ensure that excellent maternity care is available for every woman, every baby, everywhere.
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