25 January 2012
Pictured from left: The three rugby-fanatic fundraisers, Mike Hnyda, Sean Whare and Darren Powell
A trio of rugby-mad fundraisers are going the extra mile for charity during this year's 6 Nations Rugby Championship by attempting to run all the way from Cardiff's Millennium Stadium to Twickenham.
The three men from Porthcawl will be joined by more than 30 runners as they begin the epic 180-mile journey from the pitch of Millennium Stadium - running the equivalent of seven marathons in seven days - to reach Twickenham just before the start of the Wales v England RBS 6 Nations match on 25 February.
Mike Hnyda, Sean Whare and Darren Powell will be running the 180 miles to Twickers HQ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Help for Heroes, Glaze Prostate and The Sandville Self Help Centre outside Porthcawl.
Darren commented: “We want to help a number of different charities so it seemed right to pick both local and national causes as they help so many people in so many different ways. Our last fundraising event raised over £20,000 for Help for Heroes and this time we hope to smash that target.”
Debbie Jones, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in South East Wales, said:” It never ceases to amaze me the lengths our supporters will go to raise money for Macmillan to enable us to help people affected by cancer. Everyone at Macmillan wishes Mike, Sean and Darren the best of luck with their 180-mile endeavour in support of so many good causes.”
Runner, Mike added: “We would like to thank the Welsh Rugby Union, its CEO Roger Lewis and Under Armour for its brilliant support and the use of the stadium. Anyone wishing to join us on any part of the run should go to our website to register their interest.”
Mike, Sean and Darren start their marathon mission on 19th February, when BBC Radio Wales presenter Roy Noble and a Welsh Rugby Team player will see the runners off, exactly one week before the England and Wales teams run onto the Twickenham pitch.
“So far, training is going well with just a few aches and pains coming out after the longer runs,” explained Sean. “By the time February comes, we will be attempting three 20 mile runs a week to acclimatize our bodies to the task ahead.”
To learn more about the event and the charities, or to sponsor the runners to help them reach their fundraising target, please visit the event web page www.6nations7marathons.com
If you are interested in fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support please contact Debbie Jones on 07764503470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org