A MARATHON successfully completed is a feat of achievement for most, but for our very own Director of Sailing Danny Watson that’s certainly not enough as he aims to run a mighty 30 – one after the other, in just 30 days.
As most people start the new year determined to shed a few pounds, Danny will be taking his fitness journey to the extreme as he prepares for an incredible challenge this April.
As we all know, Danny has slowly built up to his marathon 30in30 feat with annual challenges over the last six years. All to raise money for us and a selection of other charities, Danny has progressively increased their difficulty. This year, he is looking to bring these fund-raising feats to an end, marking his 50th birthday with the incredible running challenge to complete 30 runs of more than 26.2-miles a day – that’s a total of more than 800 miles
Leaving Brighton on April 16, the route will take him into London, through Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. He will run into North East Lincolnshire and Grimsby on April 23 before crossing the Humber Bridge into Hull on Friday April 24.
In Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire Council Chief Executive and keen runner Rob Walsh has pledged to run the local leg with Danny. On the north bank, Danny is being joined by his CatZero first mate Callum Leach. Then it’s into Yorkshire and York, before skirting Durham, heading into Newcastle and crossing the border.
The whole 30in30 experience will be a grand finale to seven consecutive years, during which Danny has built up his resilience, strength and fitness. Over the last six years, along with fellow challengers he has raised more than £80,000 having undertaken marathons, an Ironman event, a Humber swim and country-wide cycle rides.
It is hard to believe, but Danny has not always been a fitness fanatic, in fact he couldn’t run a mile eight years ago when he was told, during his biannual medical for sailing, that he was on the edge of being obese. That was the kick-start to losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.
Following his father’s death in 2013, Danny and his sister, Nicola, decided to run a marathon together in his memory and that began the seven-year challenge.
“I used to be three-stone heavier and actually it was my dad and sister Nicola who were the runners,” he said.
“When you are taking on these challenges, or any form of endurance exercise, it really is all about attitude. I now see it as a privilege to be able to train and undertake these adventures,” he added.
“Working with vulnerable families has affected me personally especially as I now have a family. I have used the principles we have developed in CatZero in changing my own life. I am passionate about the work we do with children, young people, and their families creating lasting change. I am willing to put myself on the line to raise further funds to help full families improve their lives.”
Follow Danny’s journey on Instagram: dannywatsoncatzero
You can keep in touch with Danny and his training regime on our blogs section of the website and keep scrolling down this page to find out who else is supporting Danny, and how you can help by donating or even running a leg of this marathon effort.
Danny’s 30in30 target is to raise £75,000 to match-fund grants enabling more Full Families programmes to run in Grimsby, the East Riding and Scunthorpe.
Did you know? Whenever CatZero wins grant funding it needs to match that funding with its own monies raised – if it can’t the money is lost, and the vital transformational change programmes are unable to go ahead. That is why Danny is embarking on this challenge. 30in30 will also highlight the fantastic work of CatZero on a national level. That is why the 30in30 sponsorship is so important and we thank you all. For more on Full Families and all our programmes click here.
30in30’s headline sponsor: Linbrooke Services is a Sheffield-based company providing end-to-end connectivity and technology integration solutions throughout the entirety of the Rail, Optical Networks and Power sectors.
Key sponsors: Beal Homes, Harris Lacey Swain, Clipper Ventures PLC, Adams and Green, Sewell Group, Informed Financial Planning, The Horncastle Group and Hodson Architects.
Supporters: WA Horncastle Charitable Trust
How you can donate: Danny has a Just Giving page, please give whatever you can here.
The route and how you can help
Here we go! The route map here shows the mammoth task ahead of Danny as he goes from south to north. The 2020 30in30 Challenge supported by Linbrooke Services.
Danny needs: company on the route (runners to accompany him on each leg – as many as possible), drivers and riders for support vehicles on certain legs of the route. Look at the map, if you are a runner or driver/rider and want to help get in touch (below is a table showing details of the various legs along with details of the help we need on each day – REMEMBER DANNY WANTS AS MANY RUNNERS AS POSSIBLE TO JOIN HIM ON EACH LEG).
Can you fill in the gaps and help support Danny. Please contact him at [email protected] or call on 07920553976.