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29 Sep 2020

Virtual London Marathon runners ready to go

When Senior director of Electronic Arts (EA) Ed Rumley first started running in 2018, he was only looking for a more inspiring way to shed the pounds than counting the calories. Little did he realise that only two years later he would have fallen in love with running and be taking on the monumental challenge of the London Marathon.

Like most mass participation events this year, the London Marathon won’t be going ahead as planned and there won’t be thousands of supporters lining the streets to cheer the runners on. Instead, the event will be virtual, with runners setting their own routes and running from their own homes, completing it within 24 hours on the 4 October.

We're delighted that some of our marathon runners have opted to take part in this virtual event and raise money for us.

Ed Rumley (EA), Andrew Pooley (EA), Pete Morrish, David Farkas (Lantern Studio) and Jacqueline Waitehouse will all be setting off on the 4 October to run the 26.2 miles. For many of them, this will be their first marathon and a virtual race of this distance poses a daunting challenge. Despite this, all of our supporters are determined to complete the race.

Jacqueline sums it up, saying, “This is a real personal challenge for me. It will be a real struggle with lots of pain and will definitely involve blood, sweat, injury and tears. It's going to be tough but a real personal achievement and worthwhile as I am running in aid of SpecialEffect which is an amazing charity.”

Some have managed to rope friends and family in to provide some much-needed race support en route, including drinks and energy bars. Despite the challenges that a virtual race presents, each of them had their own reasons to carry on with their training and run without a cheering crowd or the standard race support.

Ed, Andrew and Pete work in the games industry and are firm believers in the importance of making games accessible to everyone:

“For me, working in the video games entertainment industry, access to playing video games and communicating online with family and friends is often taken for granted. It is only through charities like SpecialEffect that technology solutions and one-to-one support is available to those that need it most.” said Andrew

Jacqueline too has seen the positive impact games bring to peoples’ wellbeing: “My children love gaming and their consoles and I see that in playing computer games together. All children and young people are equal no matter what their disability or vulnerability. That is why I love SpecialEffect and the work they do for young people.”

We want to wish all our runners the very best of luck for this years’ Virtual London Marathon. We couldn’t do without the support of dedicated fundraisers like Ed, Andrew, Pete, Jacqueline and David, and would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you. Although we can’t be cheering you all on from the sidelines this year, we will be thinking of you on the day and can’t wait to see all your finish photos!

Donate to our magnificent runners through their fundraising pages:

Ed Rumley

Pete Morrish

Andrew Pooley

Jacqueline Waitehouse

David Farkas

Below: Ed, Andy, Jacqueline, Pete and DavidFour runners in SpecialEffect tops 


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