Marathon runners can celebrate at last
The Staple Hill Community Hub fundraisers in Page Park. The hub has another marathon team fundraising this year. To support the runners visit https://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/staplehilllondonmarathon
A GROUP of 15 runners who completed a virtual London Marathon to raise money for the Staple Hill Community Hub met up to celebrate their achievement.
The runners had been due to take part in the country's biggest marathon in April 2020 but after it was cancelled due to the pandemic, they ran the distance in the rearranged virtual event last October.
Participants were encouraged to run their own local routes, and the hub fundraisers devised one from Page Park through Mangotsfield, Shortwood, Lyde Green and Emersons Green, to complete the 26 miles and 385 yards in five circuits.
They raised a total of £4,000 for the Hub through sponsorship.
With restrictions now eased the hub held a thank-you event in Page Park in August.
Staple Hill Community Hub chair of trustees William Lee, who was one of the runners, said: "We weren't able to get together to celebrate our achievement at the time because of the lockdowns and covid restrictions.
"It was great to finally get together again, and we were able to wear our London Marathon finishers T-shirts and medals."