- The retirement village community completes a virtual Marathon together – 26.2 miles / 42.2km
- £970 raised for the NHS while getting fit and having fun
‘Let’s get fit and raise money for the NHS’ was the suggestion, at which point the community of the Castle View retirement village in Windsor took to their feet and completed a virtual Marathon together (26.2 miles / 42.2km).
Running or walking around one of two routes, they had the option of using the outside of the building from the reception and around the back of the building – this route was 0.17km and took an average of 4 minutes to complete (248 laps required), or around The Sky deck which gave a route of 0.11km in an average time of 3 minutes (383 laps), all measured accurately on a pedometer.
A combination of the two routes totalling 26.2 miles took just six days to finish and involved residents and staff, as well as Benjy the village manager’s dog who was an extremely enthusiastic participant.
“It was a lot of fun during lockdown,” said Lisa Fisher, village manager of Castle View. “It was a valiant effort enthusiastically embraced by everyone, including those who weren’t perhaps quite so strong on their feet but used their strollers to help them round.”
£970 has so far been raised for NHS charities through a Just Giving Page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/castle-view-retirement-village-ltd which is still open for anyone who would like to support the cause.
In fact, so successful was the fundraising event, that the residents are now embarking on an extension – from Land’s End to John O’Groats!