James begins week-long “marathon” to raise cash for charity

James Duddridge MP is hoping to raise extra cash for charity this week by using his daily exercise to rack up enough miles to total the distance of a marathon.

Since the beginning of the year, the Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East had been training to take part in the London Marathon which had been due to take place on Sunday (26th April).

However, last month the world-famous event was rescheduled to October in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, the MP is hoping to fundraise for charity by taking part in the “Two Point Six Challenge” – a campaign spearheaded by the London Marathon organisers and charities across the country.

Participants are being asked to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise for a chosen charity – which in James’ case is Southend’s homeless charity HARP.

James, who began the challenge on Monday with a 3.4-mile run, said:

“This week would have been the week of the 40th London Marathon, but sadly it was not meant to be.

“With fundraising events like the London Marathon having to be postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, charities need our help more than ever.

“I have chosen to run the distance of a marathon - 26.2 miles - over the course of this week while trying to raise a bit more money for Southend's homeless charity HARP. 

"The Two Point Six Challenge is for all ages and abilities, and it can be an activity of any sort, as long as it follows the Government’s guidance on exercise and social distancing.”

Sunday’s London Marathon would have been James’ second-time challenge at the 26.2-mile course.

In 2019, he completed the race in 4 hours and 36 minutes, raising £3.407.07 for Havens Hospices.

Those wishing to donate toward James’ chosen charity HARP can do so by visiting justgiving.com/JamesDuddrideMP.

To find out more about taking part in the Two Point Six Challenge, visit twopointsixchallenge.com.