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Marie Buckfield

2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]My story below, please scroll down...[/p][p]Thank you so much for visiting my Virgin Money Giving page![/p][p]Links: [/p][p]The Charity (video is near top of page) https://exetercct.org/about-us/[/p][p]The Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/425632548402342/[/p][p]Track me on the day, via the official app. Search London Marathon 2020 or via this link: http://elink.londonmarathonevents.co.uk/c/6/?T=NzAwNDMxNTA%3AcDEtYjIwMjc0LWEyMDI1NmRlNjFhNTRkNzE4ZTUwZjU1YjU4ODBhN2Y2%3AZ29nZm9uQGdtYWlsLmNvbQ%3AbGVhZC00NGY2NGJlYjZkMDJlYjExYTgxMjAwMGQzYTg2YjhkNS00MGJiZWI3YWM2YTk0OTMyYTcwMWIzZWNkZTZlOWE4YQ%3AZmFsc2U%3AMQ%3A%3AaHR0cHM6Ly9wbGF5Lmdvb2dsZS5jb20vc3RvcmUvYXBwcy9kZXRhaWxzP2lkPWNvbS50Y3MubG9uZG9ubWFyYXRob24mX2NsZGVlPVoyOW5abTl1UUdkdFlXbHNMbU52YlElM2QlM2QmcmVjaXBpZW50aWQ9bGVhZC00NGY2NGJlYjZkMDJlYjExYTgxMjAwMGQzYTg2YjhkNS00MGJiZWI3YWM2YTk0OTMyYTcwMWIzZWNkZTZlOWE4YSZlc2lkPTZlZmQ3MDBhLTU4MDItZWIxMS1hODEzLTAwMGQzYTg2ZDdhOA&K=4Osxy3PTvnK6qDVYwqdZJQ [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]25th Sept 2020[/i][/b][/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]Marie’s doing what?![/i][/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]I'm not a runner. Never have been. Having been swept along by the atmosphere while watching the 2019 [b]London Marathon[/b] in my dressing gown (an annual occurrence) I entered... and in the October learned that I had got in.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Mission[/b]: raise funds and awareness for the [url=https://exetercct.org/about-us/][b]Exeter CITY Community Trust[/b][/url], the charity arm of our very own Exeter City Football Club (check out the video)[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]What they do[/b]: through the power of [u]sport, education and physical activity[/u], provide opportunities for all people to [u]improve physical and emotional wellbeing[/u]. [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Who for[/b]: anyone who is living with physical or mental difficulties, [u]at risk of social isolation[/u], or being left behind by technology; ex-forces and emergency services, LGBT+ and young and old people.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Examples[/b]: run football clubs for youngsters, the deaf, the overweight, [u]support the homeless[/u], offer IT training, provide team building skills opportunities for students. [i](Did you know that the [u]supermarket shelf labels for foodbanks[/u] came from one of their [/i][b][i]National Citizen Service[/i][/b][i] student groups?)[/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]Where am I running my 26.2 mile Virtual London Marathon?[/i][/b][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Start[/b]: 7am, Sun 4th Oct, opposite Exeter Community Centre on St Davids Hill[/p][p] [b]Route[/b]: (A) to Countess Wear roundabout (2.6 miles) [/p][p] (B) Repeat laps from there (red circle) to Topsham Quay Antiques Centre and back 6 times [/p][p] (C) then head back towards the city centre... I should complete the marathon distance somewhere around the new Millbrook Village![/p][p] [/p][p]I would really appreciate it if you could please, very kindly donate a little, share this event with people you know and cheer me along the way. Thank you! [/p][p]~~~[/p][p]Original post:[/p][p]I am doing the nuttiest thing before I stop being 45 (only just though, my birthday is the day after and will obviously be the most painful one ever)[/p][p]I have been lucky enough to secure a ballot place in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2020 which means I am not obliged to run for any charity. I could choose my own or just not bother... [/p][p]Not bother???![/p][p]Running the London Marathon is a bucket list item for me and anyone who knows me, knows I couldn't waste what is probably my entire life's best possible opportunity to raise funds for charity. After putting the word out via my work social media that I was looking for a local good cause, the Exeter CITY Community Trust was the best option out of all the nominations; a no brainer that ticks every box I've ever put out there: environment, homelessness, LGBT+, disabilities and more. It's not just about football. (It is quite a bit about football)[/p][p]If you would like to follow my journey - from getting my place, to trainer shopping, training and to find out lots more about just how the CITY Trust touches so many thousands of people every year, please keep an eye on my regular updates (check #TBMTheBeltMakers on your favourite social media)! I will share with you the story of how a 45 year old non-runner manages to build from 'Couch to 5k' to over 40k in 6 months (Yikes!) and creates awareness for one of Exeter's biggest, little known assets.[/p][p]I asked Exeter CITY Community Trust for a few words about what they do... [/p][p]It’s a charity which is quietly getting on with things behind the scenes in Exeter, making a difference to the lives of thousands of people every day. The organisation, which is the charity partner of Exeter City Football Club, delivers services and creates opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of people of all ages.[/p][p]They don’t receive any core funding and rely on people like us to raise funds to support their work, alongside grants, donations and participants signing up to their programmes.[/p][p]Some of the things you might find them doing include activities for children and adults with disabilities, working in our local prisons to reduce reoffending, giving young people with Down’s syndrome the chance to play football as part of a team and delivering the National Citizen Service to more than 600 teenagers every year, to name a few. They also stage running events in the city, which raise money for other charities, including Age UK Exeter, Julian House and the Exeter Leukaemia Fund. It’s a brilliant charity, focused on improving the lives of people across Exeter and Devon and I’d be so grateful if you could support them by sponsoring me. You can find out more about the charity here https://exetercct.org/about-us/[/p][p]... and you can sign up to the newsletter to follow progress here [url=https://mailchi.mp/365a7e7b4b28/tbmthebeltmakers-newsletter-signup]https://mailchi.mp/365a7e7b4b28/tbmthebeltmakers-newsletter-signup[/url]. [/p][p]Thanks again for visiting! If you are able to spare a few quid I and thousands of others would be hugely grateful. If you can't, maybe you could help us spread the word via your social media channels (links above)? [/p][p][b]Thank you so much[/b], on behalf of thousands of grateful Exonians.[/p][p]Marie x[/p][p][br][/p][p]Photos: [/p][p]I've got my running numbers![/p][p]Girls football[/p][p]My turnaround point at the roundabout[/p][p]My route[/p][p]ECFC Apollo football team is run for the LGBT+ community[/p][p]NCS students raise funds for the city's Force cancer charity[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]UPDATE[/b][/p][p]OK, this is going on a bit longer than I'd planned! I'm now running the virtual London Marathon on 4th October and then, hopefully, a 'real' London Marathon, in London, in October 2021. Am now 46 and will then be 47. Bad knees and other issues but ploughing on! [/p][p]During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, ECCT staff were heavily involved with distributing city food parcels, amongst other things.[/p][p]Please share and donate a quid or two if you can xxx[/p]
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Oct 4, 2020


Love from your oldest bestie, Lainey. You are amazing xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2020

Lucy Rickson

Sounds like a fabulous challenge, good luck. Glad I saw the notice in the window of TBM.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2020


You can do it Marie! Love from Exeter’s Smallest Indie and Family xxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2020

Kelvin Keller

Good luck Marie. I’m sure you will smash it!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 2, 2020

Ruth Williams

Good luck Marie & well done for getting out of your dressing gown!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2020


This is my sister and I'm SO proud of her efforts!!!! :)

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2020

Mum Ruth


Sep 30, 2020

the Schwyzer-Howells

Hooray!! Good luck on Sunday!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 30, 2020

Sam Binding

🧡Go for it Marie! 👍xx


Sep 30, 2020

Jo Benney

Run Marie Run - Your'e amazing, you really do inspire me, We'll be thinking of you. Jo and all at Moko xx