December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
A group of Norwich City fans have been spotted sprinting through south-west London, as they attempted to beat the clock on an epic charity challenge.
As hundreds of Twitter users followed the dramatic climax to their challenge online, the team had to ditch their transport and run to their final destination.
The fund-raisers were attempting to visit all 92 Football League stadiums, in 92 hours.
Their mad rush to the final whistle was reduced to having to visit the final three stadiums in just 40 minutes.
With Queens Park Rangers’ Loftus Road and Fulham’s Craven Cottage ticked off, the team were left with just 10 minutes to get to Stamford Bridge, the home of Premier League big boys Chelsea.
The challenge was the brainchild of 36-year-old Canaries fan Andrew Walker, who wanted to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of his mum, Susanne, who passed away after a long battle with Leukaemia in January 2012.
Mr Walker, who lives in Norwich, said: “We were coming up from Fulham along Fulham Broadway and the traffic was quite busy so we actually had to abandon our vehicle and run the last quarter of a mile on foot.
“So we took our banners for the different charities and a bottle of champagne and popped the cork a la Formula One style.
“It wasn’t until about five minutes later that we realised what we had achieved. There’s no doubt it was massive in terms of logistics but also in terms of the amount of interest, the amount of Twitter traffic was almost unreal.”
The trip took the team to all four corners of England and Wales, from Swansea in South Wales and Brighton on the south coast to Newcastle in the north – with former Canaries midfielder Paul McVeigh joining them for part of the adventure.
They were raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help For Heroes. Mr Walker said early totals are for around £5,000 raised online and £2,000 raised offline.
They started at 6pm on Saturday evening after watching Norwich City take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in north London.
A grand total of 2,256 miles later, the team concluded their challenge at Stamford Bridge one minute before their 2pm deadline yesterday.
Also taking on the challenge were Carrow Road season ticket holder Andy Blanchflower, and Paul Chamberlain, a staff sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals, originally from Eaton, who is recently home from a tour of Afghanistan.
Alongside them were John Norton, from Trowse, Paul Clark, who teaches business studies at Langley School in Loddon, Mike Sherburn and Nick Dyson.
Mr Walker said one of the highlights was being welcomed to Morecambe by the north-west club’s manager, Jim Bentley.
“That was really good, not because he was a massive name or anything, just because the welcome he gave us was so genuine,” Mr Walker added.
“He took the time to show us round and invited us to stay and have breakfast with them. We had been on the road since 6.30am so that was really welcome and so nice of them, but we had a great welcome from every club.”
The team now intend to hold a quiz night before the end of the year, where they will auction off some of the memorabilia they collected from the different football clubs.
Donate to their cause by texting “WED092 £5” to 70070 from your mobile phone. For full details, and other sponsorship options, go to www.the92in92.co.uk