He did it! From Brighton, Danny Watson ran 800-miles around the country non-stop – one marathon after another until 30 were complete, 30 days later.
We all know his WHY by now, to raise vital funds to help CatZero continue its work supporting families reaching, or in, crisis, young people, the long-term unemployed, lone parents and veterans. To date, it looks like this mammoth 30in30 event has already raised more than £50k. This is a fantastic amount and what is even more important to know is how that can now be used as ‘match-funded’ to win more grant monies. This means it could be worth double that amount!
It goes without saying that Danny extends a massive thank you, once again, to the headline sponsor Linbrooke Services, and his other sponsors and major supporters – Adams and Green, ARCO, Beal Homes, Clipper Ventures PLC, Harris Lacey Swain, Hodson Architects, Horncastle Group, Informed Financial Planning, Marr, Pipers Crisps, the Sewell Group, W A Horncastle Charitable Trust and the Scarborough Group Foundation.
There is, of course, the thousands of pounds of personal donations that have continued to come in and the many, many messages of support. He couldn’t have done it without you.
After setting off at Brighton Pier on September 23rd, let’s take a look at some of the 30-day highlights in pictures. We are going to do this in three parts over the coming week as there are so many pictures! So it’s days one to 10 today. Remember all the videos are still available to watch on the 30in30 page – if you want to catch up some more!
Right, we haven’t got all day, so let’s do this!
Day One and it was a marathon effort from Brighton…
His route then took him up to London…with some busy motorways to cross..
He was then a city runner and been a sailor, he couldn’t resist taking a snap of one famous ship!
From the sights and sounds of central London, he headed north…and it was into Cambridgeshire – those familiar with the county will know where these piccies were taken as Danny ran Days 4, 5 & 6
Day 6: and goodness those Fens are flat.
Day 7 and Danny and his team were pushing on up through the flat Lincolnshire fens, and yes there were more boats to take pictures of, along with those famous county places of worship. Did Danny realise though, that as he went through Lincolnshire the common theory that it’s just flat, flat, flat was about to be banished in his mind forever – yes, the Wolds were round the corner..
Day 8 it was onto the Wolds towards Louth. With a great send-off from BBC Radio Lincolnshire the climb was on.
Day 9, and many of us ‘locals’ will notice some of the scenes in these piccies as Danny and the gang run from Louth up to Grimsby where they say hello to some familiar faces.
And then, marking the end of part one of 30in30 was a great run across the Humber Bridge into Hull via some of the event’s sponsors and a greeting outside our CatZero yacht. Lots of friends to cheer Danny on.
Next week: we’ll give you days 11 to 20!
And remember Danny’s still taking donations