Members of Styal Running Club are about to embark on their biggest virtual challenge so far.
During lockdown in 2020 they tackled the 2.6 Challenge, inspired by the cancelled London Marathon, by setting out to run 2600 miles in 26 days. After smashing this target by more than 1000 miles, they went on to race to the North Pole over the 12 days of Christmas - a grand total of 3240 miles.
Now they're showing support for Team GB by running from Styal to Tokyo - 5865 miles - during the 17 days of the Olympic Games, starting on the day of the Opening Ceremony, Friday 23 July.
Social Secretary David Clarke said "This is our third long distance Challenge and it's by far and away the toughest. We had to do something to mark the Olympics, and this one really captures the Olympic Spirit. 5865 miles in 17 days means nearly 350 miles per day for the team - our previous challenge required 270 miles per day, so this is a big increase. And this time we are doing it in July and August so we have the summer heat against us. It's going to be a very tough challenge!"
Once again, Styal Running Club will be supporting the Children's Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children in the North West.
Tony Collier, Styal's Coach and a founder member, explains: "Styal RC are proud to have been supporters of The Children's Adventure Farm ever since the club was founded in 2006. CAFT does an amazing job supporting disadvantaged and underprivileged children - hopefully we can add significantly to the £2700 that we have already raised for them during the Covid pandemic which has been a major challenge for them, as charity fundraising has been massively impacted."