Local Fundraising for the Air Ambulance, SADS- Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome and The Young Minds Charity.

Best of luck to all local fundraisers:

Air Ambulance

At the end of June, myself and 4 colleagues will embark on an epic 1000 mile bike ride from John O’Groats to Lands’ End in aid of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC). We will cover the length of Britain in 9 days, cycling between 100 and 120 miles a day. Our route will take us over the Cairngorms, through the Lake District, across the Midlands, around the Mendips, and over Dartmoor. In total, we will climb approximately 50,000ft (Mt Everest is only 30,000ft). We aim to raise £2500 for GWAAC, who depend on charitable donations to operate. Last year GWAAC carried out 1726 missions, averaging 5 seriously injured patients a day. If you’d like to donate, please visit JustGiving and search James Neal or use this link

SADS- Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome and The Young Minds Charity.

If somebody had said to us a few years ago that we would be running a marathon, we would have laughed at them but on the 3rd of October this year, that is exactly what we will be doing!  We will be running the London Virtual Marathon, 26.2 miles, starting and finishing in Walton.

We started running together about 3 years ago at Street Park Run, struggling to get around the 3-mile route. From then, we have run various distances up to a half marathon, raising money for charities along the way and having fun while we run.  Earlier this year we decided to challenge ourselves and we signed up to run the London Virtual Marathon all 26.2 miles of it!   We are doing this in aid of 2 amazing charities, trying to raise awareness and support them in these challenging times. SADS- Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome and The Young Minds Charity.

If you can donate to our fundraising, we would be extremely grateful, please use this link, and if you see us out running give us a wave. Thanks.   Jon Witney and Claire Costanza

And just for fun and fitness

Over the past year, many of us have found ourselves with more time on our hands and have been looking for new challenges to keep healthy and active.  Four Walton residents have taken this idea to the next level and have set themselves extraordinary endurance feats which quite frankly make the mind boggle!

Matt Nelson is currently training for his first full Ironman triathlon which will take place in Nottingham at the end of July.  This will entail around 12 hours on the move starting with a 2.4-mile lake swim in a wetsuit then straight onto a 112-mile bike ride followed by a full Marathon.