By Rebecca Branch
In the last five years individuals, churches and schools across the country have raised over £80,000 for MRDF by taking part in sponsored events. This year, we look forward to seeing our supporters take on more sporting challenges, doing all they can to support the work of MRDF.
Ben and Jenny run the Brighton Half Marathon in memory of their father, Kevin Duffy
On the 16th February, siblings Ben and Jenny will take part in the Brighton Half marathon in memory of their father and former Chaplaincy Development Officer for the Connexional team, Kevin Duffy.
'Our dad, Kevin Duffy, died in a tragic walking accident in October last year; the half marathon falls on what would have been his 55th birthday. In unbelievably treasured memory of his life, we decided to run to raise some money for MRDF – a charity that he had long supported in a variety of ways.'
Ben and Jenny will be making the trip to Brighton with, their Mum Jane, Sister Kate, and a team of friends and family who will be waiting on the sidelines to cheer them on as they complete their first half marathon. Sponsor Ben and Jenny Duffy
Susan’s Double Marathon Challenge
This April, fitness enthusiast, Susan Hales will be taking on the gruelling challenge of running the London and Brighton Marathon a week apart to raise vital support for MRDF.
Despite regularly participating in marathons and triathlons Susan rarely takes on the challenges to raise funds. On this occasion however, she thought two marathons within a week of each other was, ’an effort worthy of some fundraising.‘
Susan said 'My uncle is a Methodist minister down in Deal, Kent; he introduced me to MRDF, explaining how funds are put into small achievable sustainable projects - something I felt I’d like to support'. Sponsor Susan for her double marathon challenge
The Roebuck’s Lands End to John O’Groats Tandem Tour
Paul Roebuck and his wife Annie from Dane and Trent Methodist Circuit in Cheshire are planning a challenge to remember this year, by taking on the famous Lands End to John O'Groats bike ride. 'A few years ago I read a humorous account of a bike trip from Lands End to John O’Groats, and got a bit caught up in the fun side of it and suggested to Paul that we attempted it!' said Annie. 'Then last year my nephew and his wife laid down the gauntlet by doing it first.'
The Roebuck’s are setting off from Lands End on their Tandem Tour on 15 May and heading to John O’Groats via Exeter, Bristol, Rugby, Macclesfield, Warrington, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Inverness and many other places in between. The couple will be stopping off en-route at friends, family, and anyone who will give them a bed for the night. 'We plan to do 50 miles a day, so it will take us nearly 3 weeks-it is 960 miles!'
Paul and Annie are cycling on behalf of two charities, Methodist Relief and Development Fund and Christian Relief Uganda, of which Paul is the treasurer, they aim to raise £1,000 for each charity. 'We need your encouragement, prayers, and sponsorship, or donations!' says Annie. 'If you see us around the area training on our tandem, give us a wide berth and wish us well!' Sponsor the Roebuck's tandem tour today and follow their progress on their Tandem Tour blog
Inspired to join them?
If you’ve been inspired by these MRDF supporters why not consider taking on a challenge to raise funds for MRDF in 2014.
British 10k Run
MRDF have six charity places for the popular British 10k London Run, which takes place on 13 July. We are looking for six keen runners to take part and raise money for our life-changing work.
The British 10k Run is the UK’s most sought-after 10km race and has historical landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge along its route. But it’s much more than a fun run – it’s a great way to raise money, through sponsorship, for MRDF’s work with some of the world’s poorest communities. Find out more and register today
Plan your own challenge
Alternatively, if you’re already planning a different challenge for 2014 learn more about how to fundraise for MRDF