Indoor Relay, a fundraising initiative for key charities that have experienced increased pressure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has exceeded its original target of £10,000 after raising £43,377 in 28 days.
The event ran for 682 hours over 28 days, with the baton being passed to a new runner every hour. 425 runners took part, covering a total of 3028.26 miles around gardens, houses and driveways. Along with five-time Olympian Jo Pavey who opened and closed the event, other celebrities taking part in the fundraising efforts included BBC Breakfast hose Louise Minchin, Former Hear’Say star Suzi Shaw, endurance athlete Mimi Anderson and ultra-runner Susie Chan.
Indoor Relay was started by a group of friends who wanted to create something positive during lockdown, and raised funds for NHS Charities Together, the NSPCC, Mind, Children with Cancer UK and Women’s Aid.
A team of 26 captains ensured that runners were accompanied at all times during the event. They were: Mike Seaman, Raoul Monks, Allie Bailey, Elise Downing, Nikki Love, David Hellard, Liz Ayres, Victoria Owens, Aleks Kashefi, Anna Harding, Eric Keeler, Mollie Laurens-Chalmers, Zeph Brand, Lou Brewer, Laura Briggs, Cat Roberts, Emma Watson Horsewood, Antony Webb, Christopher Allen, Rob Walters, Natalie Doble, Linda Lawton, Danny Bent, Eric Keeler, Darren Pinder and Sharif Owadally.
As many people are unable to get outside for daily exercise, the group decided that the relay should take place within runner’s homes, using a range of ‘courses’ including driveways, balconies, gardens, living rooms, treadmills and even home-made obstacle courses. Participants were encourage to stay active for their entire hour by running or walking, but some decided to take part in more outside-the-box options, including dancing the tango, skipping and shadow boxing.
Over the 28 days, several participants came up with ways to increase funding during their hour, including fancy dress, running barefoot on Lego blocks, eating chillies, waxing their legs and a ‘doughnut roulette’.
On behalf of the captains, Mike Seaman of the National Running Show, said: “The Indoor Relay has been a phenomenal success and we are immensely proud of what we achieved together as a community. Thank you to everyone who has given their time, donated money and helped raise awareness of this project. During this difficult time, the Indoor Relay has shown the power of exercise as a force for good and the amazing things that ordinary people can achieve when they work together.”
The website for the Indoor Relay initiative was donated by Vatu and event support was donated by Raccoon Events.