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Shaun Turner will take part in the Virtual London Marathon 2021 by running laps around Sutton St James

He won’t be travelling all the way to London, but one man will still be raising money by taking part in the city’s marathon.

For a second year running, Shaun Turner (44), from Sutton St James, will be taking part in the Virtual London Marathon by doing laps around his village.

He originally planned to visit the capital this year, but a tough injury and a battle with Covid-19 means he will be running the 26 miles from home.

Shaun Turner is set to take part in the 2021 Virtual London Marathon.
Shaun Turner is set to take part in the 2021 Virtual London Marathon.

“I’ve set out a regular 2.25 mile course that I run, and I think it works out that I’m going to be going around that 11 times roughly,” he said.

“This year will be slightly different to last year because of my injury and having Covid in April, so my running’s not as it should be.

“My family will be joining in with some of it, and I might push my boy round in his pushchair for a lap as a sort of half-time.

“It’s not about the time for me.”

Shaun will be raising money for the Children With Cancer charity, and aims to collect £250 by the time his marathon is complete.

He is slightly disappointed that he won’t be able to visit London for a second consecutive year, with the 2020 event being cancelled last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’ll be the third time lucky in 2022,” he said.

“I would have liked to have gone down for it, but I had a think and it’s not right to do it this time around.

“So I contacted the charity and decided I’d do it virtually again, so I’ll try and raise something for them.

“I don’t have personal circumstances with them, but a lot of people do something because of someone in their life. So I thought the more that people do for charity before something happens, it hopefully never does.”

Shaun’s injury occurred when he tore a leg muscle while taking part in sprint training. He has broken an ankle in the past, but says this setback “took it out of me” more than anything had before.

He is a keen runner and has taken part in a range of events before - most recently at a 10km race in King’s Lynn, where he ran in memory of a friend’s daughter who had passed away.

However, this will be one of his first marathons.

“Finally getting to the London Marathon would have been good after the pandemic,” he said.

“That was going to be a ‘yes, we’re past the line’ kind of thing. I’ll have to wait another year, but I wanted to get something done.

“I’ve stayed positive, will raise some money for charity and help to spread the story to hopefully give other people a bit of positivity as well.

“I still get excited for the running and raising the money.

“People around the village got excited for it last time, said thanks for doing it and they got some positivity for it.

“I’ve not done a lot of training. I’ve got three boys, so they keep me busy as well!

“My partner has been supportive of the training, even if I’ve not been in the frame of mind for it.”

Shaun’s virtual race will take place on the same day as the London Marathon on October 3. You can sponsor him at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ShaunTurner

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