Little Princess Trust
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LPT's scissorman to run marathon at home as part of 2.6 challenge

16 April 2020

The Little Princess Trust’s very own Scissor Man has come up with a novel – and safe – way to put his marathon training to good use.

Tim Wheeler, who is also our Chair of Trustees, was one of thousands of runners due to make their way around 26.2 miles of London’s streets later this month.

But with the marathon in the UK capital put back until October due to the coronavirus, Tim will instead run around his backyard – 570 times.

The distance around his garden and drive has been measured out while the final half mile will be run around the streets close to his home with friends, family and neighbours cheering him on.

Tim will be dressed in his scissors outfit that made an appearance on national television last Autumn when he ran the Cardiff Half Marathon.

The keen runner, who was awarded the MBE for services to education and charity last year, was also due to take part in the Great Manchester Run next month.

But with so many events cancelled due to COVID-19, he will be getting even more familiar with the surrounds of his home when he starts running at 9.30am on April 26 – the time when the London Marathon had been due to start.

Tim has run previous marathons in his heavy scissor kit in four-and-a-half hours but fears the challenges posed by running around his house 570 times won't see him troubling his personal best.

"There will be lots of twists and turns plus the garden isn't exactly flat so it won't be easy," he said.

"But it will be as much of a mental test as well as a physical one as normally you run out for 10 miles and have no choice but to run back to get home - but, on this occasion, home - and all of its comforts - will always be just a few metres away!"

Offers to count each lap have been made by family members but the wonders of modern technology will ensure Tim runs the correct distance - despite the monotony of the course. 

Tim's marathon will form part of the national 2.6 challenge which has been drawn up by the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The campaign aims to create new avenues for charities to raise vital funds to help their fundraising in light of so many cancelled events by inspiring supporters to come up with their own activities based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.

Tim's run around his house will measure 26.2 miles and will neatly fit the bill of the #TwoPointSixChallenge while helping The Little Princess Trust give hair and hope to children and young people by funding real hair wigs and ground-breaking childhood cancer research projects.

To add to his total, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Scissorman

Tim Wheeler, Little Princess Trust's Scissorman, will recreate the London Marathon in his back garden.