Tom doubles up for Chance to Shine

The Home of Cricket was the finishing line last week (28th April) for Tom Harrison’s epic double marathon to raise money for Chance to Shine. Tom ran (and walked) a staggering 53 miles in 24 hours in what he called a “ridiculous challenge”.

Tom started at Sussex County Cricket Ground Hove and finished at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

The total raised is over £1,500 for Chance to Shine and is continuing to rise. The choice to run for Chance to Shine was an easy decision for Tom who has worked in tandem with the campaign for a couple of years in his role at SeeThat.

Speaking about the event Tom said: “Growing up with access to sport is a key part of life, and people who do not have access to this miss out. Chance to Shine allows kids not only to get healthy and play sport but also teaches them all sorts of relevant life skills such as team spirit and leadership. To see the transformations in kids on projects I have worked on is so inspiring and I wanted to help another way with the charity.”

“Hearing about the donations coming in whilst doing the run was both inspiring and motivational. I finished the run at 9am and within 3 hours I was contemplating doing it again next year and getting others involved, maybe with a view to it being an annual event.”

Talking about Tom’s achievements, Ali Price, Fundraising and Events Coordinator at the Cricket Foundation said: “When Tom first contacted me to tell me about his double marathon challenge, I thought he was joking. Having run a marathon myself, the thought of running two marathons back-to-back was incomprehensible. But he wasn’t, and he did it. On behalf of everyone at Chance to Shine I want to congratulate him on his fantastic achievement. To put into perspective the impact his effort has had, the money he raised from his challenge will pay for 100 children to go through the Chance to Shine programme. A remarkable achievement.

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