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    Weʼve raised £4,209 to help fund Tower Hill Stables & The Fountain Centre by running a GARDEN MARATHON!

    Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire.
    Funded on Friday, 1st May 2020

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    Hi friends,

    As you well know, I am partial to a bit of the old running. I've been training hard this year for a bunch of races but then old COVID-19 came along meaning we all have to stay at home - but fear not!

    I've decided to use my fitness to run a marathon round my garden on Easter Sunday. This is because a) I like a challenge b) to try and promote the whole staying at home thing c) to raise money for Tower Hill Stables and The Fountain Centre. I knew as soon as I heard about a potential lockdown and seeing what was happening to our friends in China and Europe, that I would end up running a marathon around the garden.

    I did a parkrun around the garden last weekend, which was really fun. I think a full marathon will be around 437 laps of my garden with each loop being 0.06 miles. I haven't done any specific marathon training but it should be OK - it's a run not a race! I reckon I should be able to do it in around 4 hours depending on if I get dizzy. The garden doesn't seem to pick up GPS that well so the speed won't be that accurate. The mara will start at 10:30 a.m on Sunday, April 12th. If people want to their own run in support in their gardens at the same time; that would be awesome.

    I will be hoping to have the whole thing on my Facebook Live and will be posting stuff on Instagram Stories - you can also follow me on Strava. My lovely girlfriend, Rowena, will be Creative Director / camera-lady / cheer squad / energetic enthusiast for the whole thing.

    In regards to the charities: Tower Hill Stables is an animal sanctuary in Essex run by legendary Vegan Runner, Fiona Oakes. They look after over 600 animals and COVID-19 has massively affected their donations and income, so I am happy to try and help them. The Fountain Centre is a new charity to me. Row's dad died recently from cancer, and they were great in helping him and Row's mum in numerous ways - so we're gonna support them too.

    If you have any spare money to donate then that would be great. I also appreciate times are hard right now, so if you can't - feel free to share this page across social media. That would be SIK.

    Massive thanks to everyone who donates, Row, and Hoka One One. HOKA are very kindly helping promote the event on social media and they've given me lots of great shoe options for it!




    • Jhon Cosgrove4 years ago
      Jhon Cosgrove

      Jhon Cosgrove

      4 years ago
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    • Jhon Cosgrove4 years ago
      Jhon Cosgrove

      Jhon Cosgrove

      4 years ago

      Hi mates, it's me again, old garden boy. I spent the morning putting together this little blog about the Garden Marathon! Have a read here: Thank you SO MUCH for donating and getting involved with this silly event - you rule and Row and I appreciate it very much. I will try and thank you all individually when I get some time. Again, it really is appreciated as we are close to raising £4000 for two awesome and deserving charities. That's it for now - until next time! :)

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    • Jhon Cosgrove4 years ago
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      4 years ago

      Hey all, Thanks very much to everyone who has donated to Jhon's Garden Mara and two amazing causes - Row and I have been overwhelmed by your generosity and kind words! Sorry, I've been a bit quiet on social / here the last couple of days. I somehow injured my sacrum (no idea I had one until yesterday) over the weekend, so I've been sulking and stretching! Still planning on running this weekend unless it gets worse, but it's feeling much better - if I can't run, then I will just push it back a week BUT I think it should be fine. YOU RULE!

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    • Ian B

      Ian B

      Apr 24, 2020


    • Andy T

      Andy T

      Apr 22, 2020

      Well done, Jhon.


    • Anonymous


      Apr 20, 2020


    • Kevin Macdonald

      Kevin Macdonald

      Apr 20, 2020

      Superb effort Jhon! (sorry for the delay in sponsoring!)


    • Sandra Domizio

      Sandra Domizio

      Apr 19, 2020

      Well done Jhon from a Surrey VR! Keep up the good work!


    • Suzanne McLean

      Suzanne McLean

      Apr 18, 2020

      Fantastic effort Jhon. Well done.


    • John Cosgrove

      John Cosgrove

      Apr 16, 2020

      £20 of offline donations from locals Carol & Joanna - thank you both!


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