I’ve briefly outlined what I’m trying to do on my Virgin Money Giving page (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RowanSZ), but I wanted to go into a little more detail here.
I am now rapidly approaching 30 years of age, and wanted to spend the final year in my twenties doing things a little bit differently and throwing myself into things I wouldn’t normally do. I’ve not done too badly so far – I’ve bought a house and I’ve jumped out of a plane from 18,000ft, but I also wanted to get another endurance run under my belt.
As some of you may know, I spent a lot of the 2012/13 Football Season chasing my team (Nottingham Forest) around the country. I managed to raise close to £4,000 running to 5 away fixtures from Nottingham, but this season I wanted to take things up a notch.
As a result, on May 21st, I’m going to set off from Wembley Stadium and run to every professional football stadium that resides within the M25. This is likely to clock up to around 110 miles across the four days that I’m allowing myself to complete it in. The 4 days should give me enough time to return to Wembley Stadium in time for kick off of the Championship Play Off Final – the biggest game in the Football League.
Not only is this further and more intense than my City Ground runs, but it also has the added challenge of navigating my way around London. Might be OK for me, but we’ll also need to get a support car round the route too – a massive challenge in itself!
How did this idea come about?
Apart from it ticking off one of my pre-30 bucket list ideas, I actually wanted to do this at the end of last season, but injury sustained during the previous endurance runs put the idea out of reach. It’s further, it’s probably going to be hotter and it’s generally more intense than anything I’ve done before. I’m also hoping to get people more involved in the run itself, as well as helping Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United grow even bigger. More about that later on…
What’s the route I’ll be taking?
Starting at Wembley Stadium, I’ll be taking in the following grounds in the following order: Loftus Road, Stamford Bridge, Craven Cottage, Griffin Park, Kingsmeadow, Selhurst Park, The Den, The Valley, Victoria Road, Upton Park, Brisbane Road, The Emirates, White Hart Lane, Vicarage Road and then back to Wembley Stadium. I’ll then be going to Shake Shack in Covent Garden.
Due to the nature of the entire run, I’ve chosen to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer UK, who are the Football League’s official charity partner. They have set up their own team to take on the disease and I thoroughly encourage you to take their short quiz and, by doing so, sign for Men United. You can find more out about the charity, Men United and how they help people associated with prostate cancer here –http://menunited.prostatecanceruk.org
I also work with the Football League in my job, so choosing their official charity partner was an easy decision to make.
How you can help…
As well as signing for Men United, donations would be greatly appreciated. You can find out how to do so by visiting my Virgin Money Giving page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RowanSZ
You can also keep up to date with everything as I’ll be regularly updating my Twitter page over at http://twitter.com/rowansz
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or would like any more information about what I plan to attempt to do. I’m confident I can do this, but my legs (and more specifically, my IT band) have been weakened by the huge miles I’ve put in over recent years.
It’s clobbering time!