Lymington Olympian raises £30,000 for Covid-19 research

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Annabel Eyres
The Coronathon challenge has raised more than £30,000 for Covid-19 research

LYMINGTON resident and Olympian, Annabel Eyres and multiple Ironwoman and Triathlete, Tiffany Jolowicz have set up a global charity venture, so far raising £30,000 for Oxford University Coronavirus Research and providing a focus for frustrated athletes across the globe.

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The Coronathon is a personal sporting event that people can do from home, with family members, there is no actual event.

Annabel and Tiffany have invited participants via their network of friends and fellow athletes to challenge themselves with a sporting feat to be completed last weekend, wherever they happen to be in the world.

However, due to a surge in interest from corporates, they are now making this a summer event with no deadline.

Tiffany is completing Ironman distances with support from her family of six – she had entered a July Ironman competition, prior to the cancellation of all summer events. She is dedicating her Coronathon to the memory of a family friend who died of Covid-19 aged only 56.

Annabel’s family of four will be running half marathons, and swimming from Mudeford to Milford-on-Sea.

They are dedicating their Coronathon to a family friend and Oxfordshire resident who has spent the past two months in hospital following heart surgery, unable to see his newborn or receive visitors due to Covid-19.

Eyres said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response and the imaginative approach people have taken, some are pledging hula hoop challenges, while others are completing demanding one-off endurance feats like cycling 300km.”

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