100km for ‘Captain Tom 100’
April 22, 2021: Marathon Kids UK is asking you to join the nation in honouring Captain Tom Moore by clocking up 100 kilometres with your friends in the park or with your classmates at school on April 30, and raise money for the charity in the process.
On April 6 last year, Captain Tom began his quest to raise £1,000 for the NHS by completing 100 laps of his garden by the time he reached his 100th birthday. Capturing the heart of the nation, the former army officer eventually raised an astonishing £38.9million for the COVID-19 appeal.
Captain Tom sadly passed away on February 2 this year, but his simple yet powerful message – ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’ – lives on, and now supporters of Marathon Kids UK have the chance to replicate his spirit and endeavour by completing a 100km running challenge.
Can you and your Marathon Kids UK in schools classmates get together on Friday, April 30 – which would have been the great man’s 101st birthday – and run a cumulative 100km? If that’s too much, maybe it’s something your entire school could get involved in?
Alternatively, why not start the challenge on May 1 at one of our Marathon Kids UK in parks events – can you put a team together to run 100km over the course of the bank holiday weekend? We have 20 events taking place across the country – check our nearest parks location at https://www.marathonkids.co.uk/parks/
Challenge Extended: Can you run 100km together with your friends in school on April 30?
You run the challenge with your brother, sister or parents, while observing the government’s latest COVID-19 guidelines. We’d love to see the challenge in action, so share your 100 on social media channels to help inspire others, along with #CaptainTom100. WE KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!
We are also asking children, families and supporters to please DONATE 100pence – £1 – or whatever they can afford to https://captaintom100.virginmoneygiving.com/getinvolved.jsp?charityResourceId=5d48f4e2-3cf7-11e3-80f9-00237d37086c
Like many small charities, Marathon Kids UK relies on your donations more than ever, following the most challenging year in the organisation’s 11-year history. We are partially funded by Raceways Events, a community interest company that organises running events for adults, with the sale of race registrations going directly to Marathon Kids UK.
While there were big plans for a large number of races in 2020, Raceways was only able to operate one event, leaving Marathon Kids UK hugely underfunded – which is why we need your help to fundraise so more children across the country can continue to be given the opportunity to run and exercise at school and at weekends.
INFORMATION: For further details on Marathon Kids please visit www.marathonkids.co.uk, and for more news or fundraising ideas regarding Captain Tom 100 please check out https://captaintom100.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/captaintom100/