Our Chief Executive is making last-minute preparations to take on his biggest physical challenge yet and to raise vital funds for The Youth Association. Andy is aiming to walk the 270-mile Pennine Way from North to South to raise £1000 towards TYA’s campaign to keep youth work alive in Yorkshire. The route will take him through some of the wildest, loneliest, remotest, coldest and wetest countryside in England. Following the line of the high Pennine hills from Kirk Yetholm in the Borders of Scotland to Edale in the Peak District of Derbyshire, Andy plans to take 15 days to cover one of Britain’s toughest physical challenges. He will be setting off on Saturday March 2nd.
Andy is no stranger to taking on endurance events for charity and TYA in particular. In 2011, he ran a 50-mile ultramarathon and he has walked several long-distance backpacking trails before. Despite his experience of long-distance events, he thinks that this will be the hardest so far. Andy said, “Having to climb up and down, all day and for 15 consecutive days really takes it out of you. Add to that the amount of snow that’s already on the Pennines and the boggy moor-tops at this time of year, and just finishing it will be my biggest trekking achievement so far.” He added, ” Give me a 50-mile run over this any day, 9 hours of pain and that’s done. This will be tough for more than two weeks!”
If you want to donate and sponsor Andy’s effort, you can do it on his JUSTGIVING fundraising page, and if you pay tax, don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation, because TYA will get an extra 25p from the tax man for every pound you give. You can follow Andy’s progress on the Pennine Way on his Twitter feed @AndyClow.