What is the LHM Virtual Marathon?

Little Hearts Matter is asking you to get your watches synced, your running apps set, your trainers on and help us to continue to support children with half a heart and take part in our Virtual Marathon!

The Virtual Marathon works exactly the same as any other type of running challenge, but because it’ll be recorded using technology it can be anywhere, at any pace, inside or outside.


To complete the Virtual Marathon, you do have to complete the minimum distance of a marathon… but not necessarily all at once! In LHM’s Virtual Marathon you set your own challenge.

For example, if you’ve just started running then maybe an average of a mile a day for a month would be motivation for you; for more seasoned runners, you could take on a number of big runs and before you know it, you’ll have run 100 miles and hit your target!

All we ask is that you start in 2019, the minimum total amount you run is 26.2 miles and you raise a minimum of £100 for Little Hearts Matter. 

How should I set my challenge?

Nobody knows what you’re capable of better than you. So, when setting your Virtual Marathon challenge, you have to ask yourself, “what would really challenge me at my level of fitness and experience”? Taking part is a great way of motivating and pushing yourself to go further than you’re used to and ever done before, so if you usually run 5 miles a week, don’t make your challenge 6 miles a week, make it 8 to 10. 

Whatever it is though, it must be a something that pushes you and most importantly, something your friends, families and colleagues would sponsor you for to help us make a difference to the families and children with half a heart we support.  

Take as long (or short) as you want!

There’s no limit as to how long your challenge lasts. For example, if you want to get it over and done with, a marathon over a weekend would be a challenge for anyone! However, you might want to set yourself a target that lasts a while, so why not challenge yourself to run a certain number of miles a week for 3 or 6 months. All we ask is that you start in 2018 and just some friendly advice, if your challenge goes on too long, your fundraisers (and you for that matter) might get a bit bored and wonder whether you’ll ever finish it!

How do I prove I’ve completed my Virtual Marathon?

Come back to us however you want with your proof. We are happy to receive any evidence – as long as we can see you have completed the distance and the time it takes you, we’re happy. Photos, screenshots, links to your apps and print outs will all be fine.

Garmin, Strava, FitBit, ParkRun and any GPS running apps will give you your stats. We’re happy to help you get hold of these if you need assistance on this.

What next?

Just fill out the form below, tell us your challenge, create your donation page (Virgin Money or Just Giving etc.), we’ll get back to you, fire your virtual starting gun and you can get moving for LHM!

What do I get once I’ve completed my Virtual Marathon?

Once we receive your proof that you’ve completed your amazing challenge, we’ll ask you to send a photo to us of you in action, crossing the finish line your Virtual Marathon!  Have a look below the entry form, send in a photo striking a pose like our Fundraising Manager, Ian, has done. We’ll do the rest (with the magic of Photoshop), by creating your very own certificate and you’ll end up with a fantastic, personal memento of your brilliant achievement!

We’ll reward your fabulous fundraising too. When you raise £250 we’ll send you a LHM water bottle to keep you hydrated on all these runs and when you hit the £350 mark, you’ll get one of our brand new technical T-shirts so you can wear our colours with pride as you tot up the miles!

Any questions?

We’re happy to help to answer any questions you may have about Virtual Marathon, so please call us on 0121 455 8982 or email [email protected] We look forward to welcoming you into the Virtual Team LHM and wish you luck on your challenge!

Virtual Marathon Entry Form

Virtual Marathon entry form 2018
  • Please give the total distance you're attempting and the time restriction you're setting. Examples - 26.2 miles in 1 week.... 100 miles in 2 months...... 250 miles in 6 months.


Your Virtual finish line certificate – just send in the photo and we’ll do the rest!

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