Using SBG’s match funding to support Lymphoma Action

Nigel Hockin, Pennine Way Challenge

I recently took advantage of Sky Betting & Gaming’s matched funding policy to support my fundraising activity for Lymphoma Action. Read on to hear about my 5 day challenge and how much I’ve raised for this great charity.

Sometime between the first and the last of the lockdowns in 2020 I found out what the Pennine Way was; a 260ish mile National Trail passing through 8 counties. From Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Boarders, and passing through trails in Marsden, not far from where I live.

Having completed a couple of ultra-marathons I decided that this seemed like the next progression to see how far I could push my body. There is a race that goes the full distance of the National Trail, the aptly named Spine Race due to the nature of the trail spanning up the length of North England. I decided I wanted to take this but not in the race!

I planned the route to do it over 5 days in the opposite direction (North to South) to make it feel like I was running home. This equated to 2 marathons per day for 5 days in a row, climbing 12,000 meters in elevation (equivalent to 1.5x the height of Everest from sea level) and through every terrain the North has to offer (lots of bogs). I arrived in Edale 107 hours after leaving Kirk Yetholm.

Author: Marion Duncan