Virtual London Marathon 2020

19 August 2020

CPotential Marathon Runner

Sunday 4th October

Come on, you know you want to!

London Marathon Events may have announced the cancellation of the 2020 event in it’s mass format, but have no fear. There’s an exciting virtual opportunity instead.

On Sunday 4th October, you can depart from your very own front door in your running shoes to take on a challenging and adventurous 26.2 miles of your choice. You will have a full 24 hours to complete the run and there will be great comfort knowing that thousands of others will be doing the same – and you’ll probably meet some of them along the way.

Why not grab yourself a place in this truly unique event and make a huge difference to disabled children – in what has turned out to be yet an even more challenging year than usual?

We will support you with a running vest and anything else you need, and we’ll provide you details on how to raise some charity funds – because this year, we need them more than ever.

  • Registration fee: £20 (donated by you on confirmation of place)
  • Fundraising pledge: £100

If you would like to take on this amazing challenge, email by 5pm on Monday 24th August.

Please also get in touch if you’re interested in running for Team CPotential in October 2021 (fundraising pledge £1,750 plus £50 registration fee).


The 2.6 Challenge

21 April 2020

The 2.6 Challenge - CPotential

Join The 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April to help save the UK’s charities

We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April to help to save the UK’s charities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income.

In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help to save the UK’s charities.

When is it?

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support CPotential via

Who can take part?

People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless!

What do I need to do?

The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

There are just five simple steps to take:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas here
  2. Head to to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford ­– to CPotential or to set up a fundraising page
  3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  4. Complete your challenge
  5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge


We hope you’ll join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge to support CPotential and help to save the UK’s charities.

Sign up for The 2.6 Challenge



Royal Parks Half Marathon

27 January 2020

Sunday 11th April 2021 – New date!

Run the stunning Royal Parks Half Marathon in central London for Team CPotential!

On this lovely scenic route, you’ll take in some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Why not grab yourself a place and make a huge difference to disabled children with challenges of their own?

We will support you with whatever you need and supply you with a running vest. And, we’ll even be there on the day to cheer you on!

Registration fee: £35 (paid on confirmation of running place)

Fundraising pledge: £400 (excluding £35 registration and any gift aid)

Did you get your OWN PLACE in the ballot? If yes, you can still support us. Email us to let us know and then simply raise what you can. 



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Well done, well run 2019

1 May 2019

Xiuyan Liu, Deborah Shepherd and David Schmitz

Xiuyan Liu, Deborah Shepherd and David Schmitz

Huge thanks to our amazing London Marathon Trio –  Deborah Shepherd, Xiuyan Liu and David Schmitz.

They all finished the race last Sunday in good times (4.25, 4.34 and 6.38 hours).

So what did our heroes say – once they’d got their breath back?

Xiu: “The race was tough, especially the last 10K but I’m delighted to have raised over £2,500 (so far) for CPotential. I got a hero-like welcome from colleagues, friends and loved ones, making it worthwhile, special and sweet.”

Deborah: “It really was an honour to run for CPotential again. Exhausting but very rewarding!”

David: “I didn’t manage a personal best but, as this was my first marathon since turning 70, I’m feeling pretty good about it. Indeed, so quickly have the joints healed that I’ve already put myself down for next year’s ballot for a place.”

And he quipped: “When I had to slow down to a walk, I told the spectators that I was merely evening up gaps in the service. They seemed to like that!”

There’s still time to show your support through their fundraising pages – all proceeds go towards our services to help disabled children achieve their potential.


Meet our Marathon 2019 team

19 March 2019

CPotential marathon runners logo

CPotential marathon runners logo


We’re delighted to give a shout out to our fabulous Team CPotential, who’ll be pounding the streets for us in the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April:



Why are they going the extra 26.2 miles for us?

Keen athlete Xiuyan (at top of the image) is running for us for the first time, although, amazingly, this will be her 82nd Marathon. She says: “I’ve worked with and for children for decades. Helping sick and disabled children is my career and my passion.”

Deborah, who’s a head teacher of a special educational needs school in Islington, says: “I had the privilege of running last year’s Marathon for CPotential and am delighted to do it again. I’ve got some great fundraising ideas in store for my family, friends and colleagues!”

And barrister David is both our oldest runner (he’ll be 70 just before the race) and a long-time CPotential supporter: “I’ve run twice before for the charity. I want to support this local centre of excellence so it can offer its services to even more children and their families.”

Please show your support for the team now through a donation (just click on their names above) – and help spur them on in their training for the big day.



Well done Andrew!

7 January 2019

Andrew Whelan on completion of his challenge

Andrew Whelan on completion of his challenge

Many thanks to our friend Andrew Whelan who has achieved the challenge he set himself to raise £2018 for us in 2018.

He asked family, friends and colleagues to sponsor him as he abstained from alcohol for the whole year.

And how did it go?

“Really well,” says Andrew, “I feel great, I lost a stone and it made me feel more focused. I got a taste for non-alcoholic beers and could still socialize till 3 in the morning!”

To celebrate his achievement, his friend gave him a bottle of his favourite red wine. “My friends and family were very encouraaging, especially as the whole aim was to support CPotential’s work with disabled children.”

“I’d completely recommend going dry to other people – a great way to get fitter and to fundraise for a really worthwhile cause.”

If Andrew’s example has inspired you to do a fundraising challenge yourself (we’re not suggesting 2019 marathons in 2019) we’d love to hear from you. We can help you set up a MyDonate page and with publicity ideas.








The only way was Essex

16 October 2018

Neil Martin and Meli Ishibi

Thank you to Meli Ibishi, Neil Martin, Chris Bladd, Mehmet Adali, Arban Shehu and our wonderful Chair of Trustees, John Martin (third from the right) who took part in this Canal Cycle along the Lee Navigation Canal for us on Sunday 7 October.

The ride, which John planned to coincide with World Cerebral Palsy Day on 6 October, was postponed one day due to poor weather.  The sun shone on Sunday but there were still some dramas to contend with due to the previous day’s downpours.

John’s bike got stuck in a muddy rut and he made an unpleasant acquaintance with a fence and Meli met an unexpected fallen tree. Heroes all, they kept going to finish the ride.  Well done to you all.

John is an old hand at fundraising bike challenges, having previously pedalled across Holland, Germany, Hungary and Denmark to raise funds for our services.


The only way is Essex

15 August 2018

View of a canal with narrowboats

John Martin and other riders from his 2017 ride.


Our wonderful Chair of Trustees, John Martin (above second left), is sadly stepping down from this role at the end of 2018 but before he does… he’s leading another of his famous fundraising cycle rides for us on Saturday 6 October 2018.

And this year’s route will take in some beautiful countryside as it wends 35 miles from Cheshunt along the Lee Navigation Canal and the River Stort in Essex – mainly along towpaths and with no hills.

“Moreover,” says John, “the ride coincides with World Cerebral Palsy Day, a special day for CPotential as we support children with movement disorders due to conditions such as cerebral palsy to achieve their potential.”

John is an old hand at fundraising bike challenges, having previously pedalled across Holland, Germany, Hungary and Denmark for us.

He says, “I’d love as many people as possible to join me so please get in touch so we can make a real showing on the day as Team CPotential. Last year’s ride along the Grand Union Canal raised £12,000 – let’s see if we can exceed that.”

There’s a small fee of £15 to take part, which covers the cost of a T-shirt, but there’s no minimum amount of sponsorship required.

Check out all the details now.


Support Andrew’s velo-tastic challenge

8 August 2018

Andrew Kaye

Andrew Kaye

“Ageing man all too familiar with concept of marginal pains aims to compete 100 miles over hilly course.”

That’s how Alexandra Palace resident and keen cyclist Andrew Kaye titles his MyDonate page. He’s in training to fundraise by bike for us in the Velo South sportive on Sunday 23 September.

Andrew says: “During my first year in university (all too long ago now) I spent a summer in Zimbabwe teaching children with cerebral palsy, which was a great experience. I’ve fundraised for other charities but then I heard about CPotential through its Muswell Hill shop.  I’m thrilled to support this local charity doing fantastic work with disabled children.”

The circular route in West Sussex will provide him with panoramic views and picturesque villages – plus rather a lot of steep hills.

And what aspect of the ride is he most looking forward to?  “The finishing line” he says, with feeling.

Please show your support for Andrew’s fundraising challenge.


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