‘Victorious sponge’ runs virtual London Marathon around St Albans

Anna Bassil's baking-based extravaganza raised over £6,000 for Save the Children. Picture: Anna Bassil

Anna Bassil's baking-based extravaganza raised over £6,000 for Save the Children. Picture: Anna Bassil - Credit: Archant

Runners put their best feet forward this weekend by taking part in the virtual London Marathon.

Victorious Sponge: Anna Bassil has raised over ?6,000 for Save the Children. Picture: Anna Bassil

Victorious Sponge: Anna Bassil has raised over ?6,000 for Save the Children. Picture: Anna Bassil - Credit: Archant

Anna Bassil, 41, rose to the challenge of running 26.2 miles around St Albans, donning a cake costume as part of this year’s one-of-a-kind event.

Her baking-based extravaganza raised over £6,000 for Save the Children.

In far from baking temperatures, Anna battled wind and rain on Sunday but says that fundraising helped her find the motivation to continue.

She said: “the weather was challenging but I have been inspired by the work that Save the Children is doing to support children during the COVID-19 pandemic so decided to risk a soggy bottom.

Soggy bottom: Flood water didn't stop Anna Bassil, 41, from running 26.2 miles for Save the Children on Sunday. Picture...

Soggy bottom: Flood water didn't stop Anna Bassil, 41, from running 26.2 miles for Save the Children on Sunday. Picture: Anna Bassil - Credit: Archant


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“After months of training, the virtual race was a piece of cake!”

Visit fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/annabassilmarathon or see The St Albans Cake page on Facebook. All donations are matched by GlaxoSmithKline.

Anna Bassil, 41, rose to the challenge of running 26.2 miles, claiming it was "a piece of cake!"

Anna Bassil, 41, rose to the challenge of running 26.2 miles, claiming it was "a piece of cake!" - Credit: Archant

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