A GROUP of Sheffield fundraisers are aiming to ‘run around the world’ this year.
Eight people who live in the city are in a team of 20 - two are from Canada, one from Belgium and the others from other parts of the UK - aiming to clock up almost 25,000 miles, the circumference of the earth, in aid of the Huntington’s Disease Association.
It won’t be one long marathon, though.
The distance is being divided by 20, and each runner is aiming to cover 24 miles a week, each and every week.
Sometimes they will be running up the miles on their own, sometimes they will be taking part in marathons and other races, but they share the goal of helping research into a neuro-degenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination and leads to cognitive decline and psychiatric problems.
One member of ‘Team Awesome’ is Cat Taylor, aged 27, a Huntington’s Disease research assistant for genetics, and another is Joe Richardson, aged 29, whose wife, Mary, also 29, has started showing the symptoms of Huntington’s Disease.
The idea of the Circumference Challenge came from 28-year-old Dan Dungworth, an assistant manager at a storage company, who lives at Kelham Island, and has been a keen runner for one-a-half years.
“Last year, 2012, quite a lot of my friends did a challenge to run 2012 miles,” said Dan.
n Donations can be made through Team Awesome and dan can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org