Skip to main content

Barna(bee) World Record Attempt to Help Refugees

Fundraisers Banner image
Fundraisers Profile image

Barnaby Hopson

UPDATE: I did it! Fastest marathon dressed as an insect. 3 hours and 14 mins (taking 18 minutes off the previous record).

Raising money for
Refugees At Home

Refugees At Home Charity Logo

View charity profile

Total raised

None set

Donations accepted until 22-04-2019

Donate now

View donation summary


I have decided to run this year's London marathon as a bumblebee. Why? Anyone who knows me will know that I run (a lot!) and have never before asked for funding. However, this year I have decided to try to set an official Guinness World Record as the fastest person to run a marathon dressed as an insect in order to raise funds for a truly amazing charity I volunteer for called Refugees At Home. They provide short term and emergency accommodation for homeless asylum seekers by matching them with people with a spare room who are willing to let them stay in their home. I am amazed how many people are charitable and good willed enough to do this and currently there are over 140 refugees in a home somewhere in the UK every single night thanks to them. The refugees are mostly destitute people who have fled wars and human rights abuse who are awaiting the outcome of their asylum applications and are therefore not entitled to work or receive any benefits. The charity has very low running costs with no offices and just two employees so donations are much better used than in large bureaucratic charities. Find out more about them here:

Event details

London Marathon 2018

I ran London Marathon on April 22nd 2018 dressed as a bumblebee to try for a world record as the fastest marathon dressed as an insect

As you'll see from the photo, my costume was large and very shaggy, which was obviously ideal for the hottest London Marathon on record! Having support from so many people and a cause I am reallly passionate about that would benefit has made all the difference.

Event date

22-April-2018 10:00  - 
22-April-2018 13:00

Event type

Running / Walking

Event is completed


An amazing achievement! Well Done! We cheered the bee but didn't notice you were running for Refugees at Home! Fantastic! Congratulations on your World Record!
Donation by Angela Junanto
on 06-05-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Well done Barnaby - a fantastic achievement and a great cause.
Donation by Sally Novell
on 02-05-2018
£6.25 gift aid
Well done! A great cause.­čśÇ
Donation by Helen
on 23-04-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Just saw this on Facebook, dedicated :) especially in the heat!
Donation by Jessica Dallamore
on 23-04-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Congratulations Barnaby! We were thinking of you and hoping you were ok in that heat! Fantastic work and for a great cause. Well done. Dawn, Jon and family.
Donation by Dawn Bakee
on 23-04-2018
You are an UTTER LEGEND. Well done you. Polly xx
Donation by Polly Symondson
on 23-04-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Was going to say "you cannot bee serious", but you've only gone and done it.... Congratulations. P.S. Can be seen at 5:27:02 of 'London Marathon Live Coverage Part 1' on BBC iPlayer!
Donation by Graham & Helen
on 22-04-2018
£6.25 gift aid
Bonus sponsorship - because you made it .. and I saw you on the TV (looking a bit shattered it must be said) Really proud to know you.
Donation by Clare Coker
on 22-04-2018
£6.55 gift aid
Success to yoou and the good cause you are supporting..
Donation by Margaret Harding
on 22-04-2018
£6.25 gift aid
Good luck ... stay cool!
Donation by Nikki Clarke
on 22-04-2018
£6.25 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £2,163.60
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £2,163.60
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £2,534.50

MyDonate is not responsible for the content fundraisers post on their pages, but if you see something you feel is offensive or inappropriate, please let us know