Published on: Thursday 04 Feb 2021 at 10:36
Harlow runners tackling 24,901 miles in 80 days for St Clare Hospice
Harlow Running and Triathlon Club are taking on the challenge of ‘running around the world’ in 80 days to raise funds for St Clare Hospice.
The running challenge is taking place from 11th January to 31st March 2021, during which time the Club members aim to collectively cover 24, 901 miles – the entire circumference of the world! The Club aims to raise £1,000 which is enough to fund around twenty 90-minute home visits by one of St Clare’s Hospice at Home nursing assistants – offering vital care to people with life-limiting conditions in the comfort of their own home.
Challenge organiser, and Harlow Running and Triathlon Club member, Lindsey Pearson, said: “We were looking for a way to keep the Club members connected during Lockdown 3.0 and to find a way to keep motivated through the winter. In an earlier Lockdown we did a 24 hour running relay challenge, and we wanted to come up with something new to give us all a positive focus, and to work together as a team. We were trying to calculate how far we thought we could run collectively, and that’s when we came up with the idea of trying to run around the world in 80 days!”
Commenting on the team challenge, Harlow Running and Triathlon Club coach, Andy Kitson, said: “Collectively running the circumference of the earth really is a tough challenge for us. We have about eighty Club members taking part in the challenge, which means we need to cover around 311 miles each. That works out to running – or cycling – a total of 2,179 miles every single week as a Club. That’s no mean feat!”
“When we talked about fundraising for a charity as part of the challenge, we decided as a Club to choose St Clare Hospice. St Clare’s is a household name in Harlow, and lots of our Club members know someone who has experienced first-hand the care that the Hospice provides to families facing death, dying and loss. We know that St Clare Hospice and other charities are struggling to raise much-needed funds during the COVID pandemic, and hope that our challenge can go some way to help fund their care on the frontline during this difficult time.”
St Clare Hospice’s Challenge and Events Fundraiser, Emma Broadbent, said: “We cannot thank the members of Harlow Running and Triathlon Club enough for taking on such an incredible challenge. Running around the world in 80 days is such an awe-inspiring challenge and we are so grateful that the Club have chosen to fundraise for St Clare Hospice. Everyone taking part in the challenge really is a Hospice Hero!”
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Harlow Running and Triathlon Club are running 24, 901 miles in 80 days to fundraise for St Clare Hospice. You can donate to their fundraiser below.