Jess Beasley (OW 2010) made her marathon debut in Chicago when she ran alongside a record number of 45,786 runners to cross the finish line in Grant Park last October.
Since then Jess has been building on her strength to take on yet another challenge, the 40th London Marathon, which was due to take place this year on Sunday 26th April. The lead up to such a physical challenge has meant months of hard work and preparation, but unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic the marathon has had to be postponed and will now take place on Sunday 4th October.
The London Marathon is well-known for being one of the world’s biggest one-day fundraising events, and in 2019 more than £66.4 million was raised for thousands of charities. With many fundraising events cancelled around the country, charities have had to reduce or stop services at a time when vulnerable members of society need them most; members of staff have been placed on furlough and scores of charities may struggle to survive over the next few months because of these unfortunate circumstances.
In light of this, the 2.6 challenge has encouraged people around the world to take part in any activity – from holding an online exercise class with 26 friends to walking 2.6 miles to 26 burpees in fancy dress and everything in between. Inspired and eager to do something extraordinary, Jess and her partner Mike jumped at the opportunity to take on their own ’26 Challenge’ together by cycling on a turbo trainer – for 26 hours! Raising money for Caudwell Children, NHS Charities Together and The Injured Jockeys Fund, Jess and Mike covered an impressive 865km.
A remarkable achievement and one which will be remembered for many reasons.
If you would like to donate to Jess’s Virgin Money fundraising page, you can do so by visiting Team Turbo
You can read more about Jess’s marathon debut in last year’s Wulfrunian magazine here