Helen runs the streets of Nottingham as part of the Virtual London Marathon for QEF 

Helen, who lives in West Bridgford pounded the pavements of Nottingham on Sunday (4th October) as part of the self-guided, socially distanced Virtual London Marathon. Organisers decided only elite athletes were allowed to run around St James's Park, London, after the usual mass event was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. 45,000 amateur runners like Helen, were invited to run their own 26.2-mile route and raise money for their chosen charities.

Helen, 46, said: “Given the event was unprecedented and rather unpredictable in nature, I was unsure as to exactly how well the day would go but I decided as this would be the only opportunity I would have to run the marathon with family and friends in my neighbourhood, that I would run the event for fun and try to include as many people as possible -  Covid rules permitting of course!

“I created a course that consisted of four x 6-7 mile loops all starting and finishing from my house in West Bridgford and I shared the routes with my friends, inviting them to join me for as much or as little as they liked, or to just cheer me on from the side lines.  It was a shame to miss out on the atmosphere you only get when running the London Marathon around the iconic London landmarks, but the result was amazing with lots of friends and family either running or cycling along. It was great to be able have their support and share the fantastic experience with them and raise so much money for such a wonderful cause.”

Helen chose to support QEF as she’d heard about the charity’s work from a school friend, whose nephew directly benefits from QEF’s Independent Living Service; which provides specialist care and support enabling people with complex disabilities to develop key life skills and increase their independence. She raised £2,381 towards the charity’s work.