A HIGHLY motivated sportsman and co-founder of Raise Your Hands charity kicked off an amazing mission of conquering 27 marathons in just 26 days from London’s Victoria Park on Tuesday, stopping off in Woking town centre on Wednesday.
Ed Wethered is asking others to join part of his 1,000km run to crank up the volume on fun and funding for children’s charities, for which he has given himself an amibitious £30,000 target.
His challenge even goes a step further than comedian Eddie Izzard’s legendary 27 marathons in 27 days. Not only does he hope to knock a day off Mr Izzard’s record, but Ed is going to carry a 6kg BeatBringer speaker on his back to add motivational music to inspire other runners to join him and get the power of community invovled.
The route is designed to take in the head offices of the 12 small charities supported by Raise Your Hands and, after a pitstop in Woking yesterday (Wednesday), Ed will head down to Cornwall, up to Bristol and on to Birmingham before making his way back down the Grand Union Canal to London, where he will be welcomed back where he started in the East End’s Victoria Park with a big party on 24 September.
Raise Your Hands is a funding community that supports small charities in the UK working with children by incentivising individual giving from the next generation. The concept came from Ed himself who co-founded it in September 2014, having been disillusioned by the financial industry he’d been working in.
Ed said: “The point of the run is to raise awareness and money for small charities in the UK that work with children.
“These minnows of the sector tend to operate under the national radar in their local communities, doing amazing work with children in a variety of innovative ways – but they struggle to raise enough money because they don’t have big marketing budgets and they have limited resources.”
Ed hopes others will join him en route, which has been broken up into manageable sections. People can also make music requests to play on his speaker. The whole run is open to all, but the last day in particular will offer a marathon, half marathon and 10k options.
Visit raiseyouhands.org.uk to donate or to find out more about his epic run.