Adrian Rushby, production director for PD Hook, has run the Virtual London Marathon in aid of The Farming Community Network (FCN). Rushby raised nearly £20,000 for a charity that plays an important role in supporting people who are in need in the agricultural and food industry.
Rushby, from West Oxfordshire, swapped the streets of London for the winding and hilly roads of the Cotswolds.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year’s London Marathon took place across the UK – those who were supposed to take part in London instead ran routes of the same distance (26.2 miles) in their local area.
Rushby has been training for the marathon since July 2019 and has been raising funds for FCN.
FCN is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times. FCN provides free practical and pastoral support, and its confidential, national Helpline (03000 111 999) is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm.
“It feels great to finally tick the marathon off my bucket list, especially following all the training and sore knees,” he said. “In true British fashion it rained all day, but it was worth it to raise money for a brilliant organisation like FCN who do so much to support farmers and their families, particularly during these uncertain times. I really appreciated and was amazed at how many generous donations I received and how much support I got on the very wet race day.”