Our site needs cookies

We need cookies to help you sign in, create a fundraising page and donate. If you want to fundraise or donate on our site, you will need to turn on cookies How to turn on cookies.

It looks like you are trying to access a charity account.

Please click here for the charity sign in page. If you are not trying to access a charity account, please contact us.

172 Challenge

2 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p][url=https://www.1-7-2challenge.com]www.1-7-2challenge.com[/url][/p][p]Having got into the London Marathon via the ballot in 2018, I decided I couldn't do it without supporting a charity and so I have decided to run in memory of my dad who really was my motivation and support in all my sporting adventures from a youngster. He was a super sportsman, participating at a good level in many sports including rugby, athletics, tennis (played at junior Wimbledon) but in particular pole vaulting where he excelled being Lancashire Champion and reaching GB status.[/p][p]It wasn't easy for our family when the first signs of dementia came on and he became less active both in body and mind. In April 2013, he had a fall and the blow to the head accelerated the dementia... He never came home, he didn't know who we were, he would have hated seeing himself (in nappies) and for me seeing him still with what should have been plenty more living to do in a home with very much older people was incredibly difficult. After 9 difficult months he passed away in January 2014... and so my charity is Alzheimers Society.[/p][p]However, as many know... I like a challenge! I decided not only would I run the marathon, I would walk home! So I will be walking back along Shakespeare's Way, a 146 mile waymarked long distance path from the Globe in London to the birthplace in Stratford upon Avon. This prompted me to think of supporting a local charity... the Shakespeare Hospice! Last year, we lost a special friend Tim Madden to kidney cancer and the hospice ensured he lived out his last few months with the nursing care he needed and with as little discomfort as possible... I am walking in memory of my dear friend.[/p][p]My 172 challenge: 1 marathon 7 walks 2 charities... 172 miles! [/p][p][b]Unfortunately, injury hit and after 4 weeks of physio, rest and praying, I had to make the hardest decision to pull out after feeling the pain in my leg again only 1 mile into my last training run... However, I can and will be deferring my place in the marathon to 2019 so the challenge will go on. On Sunday 28th April 2019, I will set out once again to run 26 miles in the London Marathon, walk 146 miles home along the Shakespeare's Way for 2 great charities.[/b][/p][p][b]NEW TEAM MEMBER! [/b][i]Joining me for the duration of the 146 mile walk home will be Simon Middleton, who is also one of our main sponsors (Protek Warranty) providing invaluable support at a time when the walk may have been cancelled due to logistic issues after being let down by a previous sponsor... Thank you Simon, you may need some new legs after this![/i][/p][p]My plan is to ask people to donate and in return a simple metal heart in the colours of the charity will be placed at the foot of a tree by the RSC theatre in Stratford upon Avon on Saturday 4th May 2019 when we return. This heart can represent your memory of someone that has passed away or perhaps a thanks for the support of a carer, a friend that has helped you through a difficult time in your life or a special person that has touched you or someone's life even if only in a small way! My target is to fill the base of the tree with at least 172 hearts. (The hearts will be available to collect on the Saturday) In addition to receiving your heart, a simple message can be added to my tree of memories and thanks on the 172 Challenge website. Please contact me with your message along with the name of the person you are leaving it for if you wish to add your memory.[/p][p]All the money raised and donations made via this page will be split between the two charities [/p][p]Many thanks for all your help and support[/p][p]Bridget and the team[/p][p][url=https://www.1-7-2challenge.com]www.1-7-2challenge.com[/url][/p][p]Hi, thanks for visiting our page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]
172 Challenge image 1
172 Challenge image 2
172 Challenge image 3

Share their story


Jun 29, 2019


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 10, 2019

Annie and Steve

Congratulations Bridget on completing your challenge.


May 7, 2019



May 7, 2019

Snitterfield Sports Club

Well done Bridget, from everybody at Snitterfield Sports Club. We know an athlete when we see one.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 6, 2019

Mark McKinney

Great effort well done xx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

May 5, 2019

Karen weston

Huge congratulations Bridget. A massive achievement and the pain will have been well worth it! Alzheimer’s charity close to my heart too. Enjoy a well earnt bloody rest now! Love karen

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 4, 2019


Well done Bridget! Amazing effort!! X

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019


Doing an amazing thing for an awesome cause. My grandparents suffered from dementia and it’s a cruel illness to the sufferers and those who love them x

May 3, 2019


Donation from Richard and the White Horse Inn at Stonesfield

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 2, 2019

Debbie Jowett

Good job you remembered your boots Bridge 😉 have enjoyed following your progress, awesome effort - enjoy the last couple of days love Debs Mark Lucy and Jude xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Bridget Richards

Bridget Richards

Simon Middleton

Simon Middleton