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Shape Up With Saints and Wheelchair Rugby teams complete Virtual London Marathon

Two of Northampton Saints’ community programmes saw 19 participants run the Virtual London Marathon last Sunday, completing the 26.2 mile distance for a variety of charities.

This year the London Marathon was held like never before; with the COVID-19 pandemic allowing only elite runners to complete the usual course, participants were instead encouraged to run the race their own way, within their local communities, to raise money for vulnerable people.

Three members of Saints Wheelchair Rugby ran (or pushed!) the distance at The Racecourse in Northampton, with Jamie Higgins (coach) fundraising for Mencap, Steve Montgomery for Spinal Research, and Craig Withey for Wheelpower.

Meanwhile, over at Pitsford Resovoir, 16 members of Shape Up With Saints all ran for Children’s charity Get Kids Going.

Over £5,000 has already been raised across the four charities and fundraising is still ongoing if anyone would like to donate!

“It was truly wonderful to see participants from our community programmes take it upon themselves to help their wider community last weekend,” said Saints Wheelchair Rugby coach Higgins.

“We want to help everyone taking part in our programmes to understand both the physical and mental benefits of physical activity and social interaction, and now watching these two groups tackle the Virtual Marathon off the back of that was very special.

“They have raised a massive amount of money already for charity, but there’s always room for more so I’d of course encourage anyone who is able to show their support and donate.”

Fundraising Links

Jamie Higgins, Mencap – DONATE HERE

Steve Montgomery, Spinal Research – DONATE HERE

Craig Withey, Wheelpower – DONATE HERE

Shape Up With Saints team, Get Kids Going – DONATE HERE