Andrew Lockwood (Professional Development Manager at The University of Leeds) embarked on an epic fundraising challenge this year; running from Liverpool to Leeds in just 3 days. Yes you read that correct he ran 127 MILES in just 3 days! This mammoth effort was in aid of two charities close to his heart, The Bambisinani Partnership linked to our Gryphons Abroad programme and Sheffield Hospital Charity.
Andy has completed numerous marathons and realised that he would need to push himself to encourage friends and family to part with their cash. After finally deciding to take on the challenge Andy realised it was something either very impressive or totally irrational from the reactions he got from family and friends.
” A few years ago I cycled Liverpool to Leeds and it got me thinking could I run it? To be honest, I had no idea what I had let myself in for”
It was a very tough few days but keeping him company was Andy’s equally ‘adventurous’ friend James who joined him for the whole challenge. Many friends, family and colleagues also joined the pair for part of the second and third day and a 20 strong crowd ran with them to the finish in Leeds city centre and helping them to celebrate their amazing achievement.
” The last day was hell but the thought of getting to the finish kept me going, as we arrived at granary wharf to friends and family you couldn’t get the smile off my face. To achieve something as huge as that and to know you’re making a real difference to peoples lives at home and abroad will live with me forever”
Andy wrote a blog about the whole experience and has raised a fantastic £1500 so far for these great charities. If you have a spare few pounds then you can still donate online.
To get involved in the fantastic Gryphons Abroad project and be part of the team going next year check out the website.