Virtual London Marathon

On Sunday 3rd October, two amazing runners - Beccy Blackwood and Stephen Jack are taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for #TeamUshaw!

Stephen will be heading to London and Beccy will be taking part virtually, starting and ending her run here at Ushaw. We will be supporting them all the way and we hope you will join us too on the 3rd October, 9am - 4pm - more details to come soon!


Team Ushaw are fundraising to create new walking and running trails in the grounds of Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens, and for the addition of new woodland creatures in the sculpture trail for visitors to enjoy.


Beccy's story 

Beccy started her running journey in 2017 using the ‘Couch to 5k’ programme to help raise money for her children’s primary school. Now, she is taking on the Virtual London Marathon for #TeamUshaw. 

“I’m not famous for being very sporty so it was a surprise to me and everyone I know when I completed my first 5k run at Durham Parkrun. 


In 2017, I also did my first half marathon at the Great North Run. I couldn’t believe my legs had run 13.1 miles, it was a total revelation.


Since then, I have taken part in several half marathons, a couple of 24 hour endurance events and in 2019 I completed my first marathon at Kielder.    


I loved every minute of Kielder, don’t get me wrong my legs were tired and sore at the end but I had the same revelation I had during my first half marathon and that was that things I had thought about myself and my physical ability weren’t actually true and that I was capable of more than I gave myself credit for. 


Running is extremely important to me, it has definitely made my body fitter but it has also made me mentally stronger and developed a confidence in myself that I didn’t have before.


I wanted to run the virtual marathon to raise money for Ushaw because during the various covid lockdowns my family and I would walk to and around Ushaw on a regular basis. I am really keen to try and give something back to Ushaw and if I can do that with a pair of running shoes on, that is an added bonus!

Stephen's story 

Learn about Stephen's story and why he is participating in this year's London Marathon for #TeamUshaw by watching

the video below.

As a charity, we rely on everyone's support. We know that Covid-19 has hit everyone extremely hard and Ushaw is no different.

If you can, we are looking for support to help us look after Ushaw and everyone and everything it contains.


There are a couple of practical ways you can currently help:


Make a Donation through our Just Giving Page - if you are a UK taxpayer, please remember to Gift Aid your donation (it costs you no extra, but we can claim an addition 25%).

If you choose to shop at Amazon, you can register for Amazon Smile ( and choose ‘Ushaw College’ as your charity of choice. This means Ushaw will receive a % of your purchase as a donation directly from Amazon at no extra cost to you.


We are extremely grateful for any support you are able to offer.

We’re a registered independent charity and rely on donations to help us preserve, maintain and develop the amazing buildings, gardens and collections in our care as well present an ever-changing calendar of exciting cultural and heritage events for all.


After years of decline, we are at the start of our journey to transform the estate into a vibrant destination and vital community resource.

From showcasing the treasures found in our architecture, gardens, chapels, building and collections to supporting our communities through an ever-growing calendar of cultural and education activities, Ushaw’s unique spirit of place creates a place for life-enhancing opportunities. A place where people come together to wonder, contemplate and engage - to work, rest and play.


Through the generous support of our family of donors - individuals, business partners and trusts and foundations – we can work together to achieve our aims. Beyond your visit, there are many ways you can continue to support and make a real and lasting difference not only to Ushaw, but to everyone who visits and takes part in our activities now and in the future. 

Our potential is endless and we need your support.