Marinathon 2024 is underway, and inspired by our brilliant advocate Marina we want to challenge our community! This month, Marina is taking on one of the UK's highest peaks, and we want the heart valve disease community to join her in attempting to climb 4258m - the total height includes Wales’ Snowdon, Scotland’s Ben Nevis, England’s Scafell Pike, and Northern Ireland's Slieve Donard, and all from the comfort of your own home.


So, in May, we want our community to come together and climb a total of 2129 sets of household stairs. You can participate from the comfort of your own home or at a famous landmark.

At the end of the month, Marina will mark the completion of the challenge by climbing one of the UK's highest peaks with a fellow Heart Valve Voice supporter.

Marina chose this challenge after hearing stories from fellow patients who recognised their valve disease symptoms while using their stairs at home. For many patients, what was once a simple flight of stairs became like climbing a mountain because of their breathlessness, lightheadedness and fatigue.

Marina says, “It's another physical challenge for me, and I feel ready for it. It's great to hear the entire community can get involved with this one, and without having to leave the house. Stairs may seem like a simple task for most people, but heart disease can turn that simple act into a mountain of itself! I’m eager to get moving and would love to see others join me. And don't forget, if you can spare the price of a cup of tea, you can donate to my fundraiser below. A huge thank you to everyone who has already contributed.”

Get Involved 

You can support Marina’s challenge by participating in our competition. 

There are two prize categories.

  1. Most flights of stairs climbed in one day.
  2. Most iconic photo.

How to enter. 

You can find out how many stairs you climb each day by counting or through your smartphone or watch. Email your total to, along with a picture of you in action and a description of how valve disease affected you. 

If you want to enter our photo competition, email your photo to, along with a description of why it's important to you. Or send it via WhatsApp to 07950670815. 

Winners will be announced on May 30th. 


Don't forget to donate to Marina's fundraiser. A donation of just the price of a cup of tea would help Heart Valve Voice educate hundreds of people on the signs and symptoms of heart valve disease, saving lives. 

Click here to donate