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Friends And Families Of Special Children
Friends And Families Of Special Children
Virtual London Marathon

Virtual London Marathon

Why we need your help

Argyle, Albion and Patriots are teaming up for marathon effort!

On Sunday 3rd October, Plymouth’s three biggest sporting teams are taking on the Virtual London Marathon in aid of Plymouth-based charity, Friends and Families of Special Children.

Banner showing a runner from Argyle, Albion and Patriots alongside charity mascot, Friendly Freddie

Our official team of runners is made up of superstar representatives from Plymouth's major sports clubs...
Photograph of the three runners from Argyle, Albion and Patriots on The Hoe in Plymouth alongside charity mascot, Friendly Freddie. The runners are face-in, running towards the camera.  

Pete Waumsley, Patriots superfan - The most experienced runner of the three, Pete has clocked up over 30 marathons, including the London Marathon on 13 occasions. He has an impressive PB of 2:35:57. 

Ellie Venables, Albion company secretary - This will be Ellie’s second full official marathon, having completed the 2018 London Marathon in a time of just over four hours. Her preparations for the Virtual London Marathon include running the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon and the Torbay Half Marathon, both in September.

Gavin PriestArgyle’s Home Park facilities manager - As an experienced triathlete of 10 years, Gavin is used to running marathons - after completing the first two disciplines, a long-distance swim and a gruelling bike ride. If the Virtual London Marathon all goes well, he’ll be doing the Manchester Marathon the following weekend!

It's hoped that players from each team will join the runners for parts of the route.


We welcome additional participants who may want to run part or all of the route. If you're interested in taking part, please email 
For any runners that raise over £250, we will provide you with a customised running top and a medal. 

Pete has designed the route, which starts at Albion’s ground at Brickfields and finishes at Argyle’s Home Park stadium. En route, they will be taking in the Pavilions, home of Patriots; Plymouth Hoe; our charity building near the city centre; Bickleigh on the edge of Dartmoor; and Marjons, where the Patriots train. It’s hoped that first team players from each of the clubs will be joining their club colleagues for part of the marathon. 

For our three brilliant runners, this isn’t about personal bests - it’s about raising as much money as possible for Friends and Families of Special Children and increasing community awareness about what we do.

Our CEO, Tim Tod, said: “We’re keen to see which club can raise the most money for our charity. But competitiveness aside, everyone is running towards the same goal, and the actual winners will be our 1,700+ local families, with the funds raised going directly towards our support and activities programmes. We hope the fantastic fans of Plymouth’s biggest sports clubs will get behind their runner and donate, and in doing so become supporters of Friends and Families of Special Children.”

Chair of Trustees, Kay O’Shaughnessy, added: “We’ve been fortunate to have worked with all three clubs down the years, and many of our young people and their families have benefitted enormously from being able to access a range of sporting activities which are not otherwise readily available to them.”

Please show your support by donating. Thank you. 

And good luck to Pete, Ellie and Gavin!


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Gavin Priest

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Eleanor Venables

Virtual London Marathon

Pete Waumsley

Virtual London Marathon


Oct 04, 2021

Chris Cooms

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Sep 30, 2021

Mike T

BZ everybody taking part?

Sep 03, 2021


Excellent work everyone. Good luck!

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