St Petrocs is taking on the London Marathon, in Cornwall!

Jordon, Kirsten & Laura 'The Castle Crew' Marathon team

02/10/20 – Important Notice.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the marathon attempt, and for donating some funds towards the work of St Petrocs and the Friends of St Petrocs.

Unfortunately, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the attempt this Sunday due to the weather forecast as Storm Alex batters the UK. Our primary concern is for the safety and welfare of those involved, not only for the participants, but also for the back-up crew that was to keep them supplied with water and other essentials.

We are offering the opportunity to refund all money donated for the event. If you would like a refund, please email us at [email protected] and we will be able to see how much you pledged and arrange it for you.

Many thanks once again!


Two St Petrocs residents, Laura, and Jordan, and one of the supported accommodation managers, Kirsten have decided to take on the challenge of the London Marathon, virtually.

2020 as we all know has caused chaos with live events, with many events suffering postponements and cancellations. The London Marathon has of course been one of those events, and after being postponed from April to October, as the time neared it was then determined that it still wasn’t safe for the event to proceed in in its usual format, the event has adapted, and many people will now take part virtually.

In a situation that has no doubt caused frustration to many, wreaked havoc with training plans and maintaining fitness for the delayed event, we are reflecting on the positives of this change of proceedings. The virtual aspect has no doubt made this event more accessible to many more people, with less stringent entry requirements and location needs and this has certainly enticed our St Petrocs Marathon team in.

The virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 4 October and participants will have 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds (from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST) to complete the 26.2 miles, which they can choose to run, walk or jog – making the event the most inclusive London Marathon ever.

Our team from St Petrocs ‘The Castle Crew’ will walk/run the length of the camel trail from Bodmin to Padstow return, (and a little further) to reach the 26.2miles total.

Neither of the residents have any experience in long-distance events and they have both said this gives them the motivation to show that they can commit to something and complete it.

Taking part in this challenge will encourage a number of positive impacts; it will be fantastic for their physical fitness, it will allow a learning opportunity for healthy nutrition and it will undoubtably have really positive implications on their mental health, providing a sense of self accomplishment and achievement.

Laura is taking on this marathon challenge at full force and has great determination to complete it despite not having had much interest in exercise before. Laura doesn’t anticipate being able to run much of it but has already been surprising herself and doing really well on training sessions, even on the steep hills of Bodmin!

Jordan’s previously been active with football and running but due to lockdown and homelessness has been less active lately. Jordan’s got a great competitive streak and is aiming for a really good time.

Kirsten has run the London Marathon previously but admits not having done much running since and says ‘This has given me a huge sense of motivation to get back out there and I am really enjoying giving training tips to the residents and training alongside them.’ Kirsten continued by saying ‘Our training started last week, and we have all linked up on ‘Strava’ where we can track each other’s progress. In fact, Laura and Jordan have been doing better than I am currently, they may have to carry me over the finishing line!’

The team are training together once a week and then doing their own individual training sessions every other day. Kirsten has used her experience to devise a crash course training plan for 4 weeks leading up to the event and is advising and encouraging a good nutrition plan alongside the training to ensure they both have plenty of energy for the day.  Kirsten is also reminding Laura and Jordan to stretch properly after their training to avoid any injuries.

The residents are hoping this teamwork between staff and clients demonstrates the importance and value of the good relationships between St Petrocs staff and clients. They hope it will further shine a light on the great work that is achieved by the accommodation teams at St Petrocs.

‘The Castle Crew’ Marathon team hope to raise funds for St Petrocs and the Bodmin friends of St Petrocs. The residents feel they want to be able to give back to St Petrocs who have given them not only a roof over their heads but given them hope and inspiration to change their future. A link for the teams fundraising page is below.

We are very excited to track the teams progress and journey towards race day and will be providing regular updates. We would welcome and encourage you to join us in supporting this incredible effort.