Search

Friends begin 335-mile London Underground run for charity

08:00 24 March 2014

Left to right: Adam Broadbent, Jon Cooper, Simon Gibbs and Seb Hine.

Left to right: Adam Broadbent, Jon Cooper, Simon Gibbs and Seb Hine.

Archant

A team of friends are running the entire Tube network in a bid to raise £5,000 for two charities.

Earlier this month, the group of four, led by Jon Cooper, 26, of West Hampstead, began the first leg of the 335-mile challenge with a six-mile run from Earls Court to Wimbledon along the District Line route.

The team are set to pass each of the Tube network’s 270 stations en route to the finish line at Bank station, which they aim to reach by the end of the year.

Company director Mr Cooper, of Lowfield Road, came up with the fundraising idea and drafted in friends Simon Gibbs, Sébastien Hine and Adam Broadbent, all aged 28, to join him on the challenge, which is being run entirely above ground and is following the route of the Underground lines.

Mr Cooper said: “We were just looking for a challenge, something which is more than just training for one event. I thought it would be cool to use something as iconic and everyday as the Tube to get people to donate.

“I thought it would be something a little bit different to the marathons people usually go for.”

The runners are bidding to raise £5,000 for charities War Child and Alzheimer’s Research UK, which carry personal significance for some of them.

“We have family members who have Alzheimer’s,” said Mr Cooper. “With War Child, it’s such an ongoing issue that you get these war zones and the people who tend to be most vulnerable are the children.”

Fitting in the challenge around their working lives, the team are aiming to run two legs of the 335 miles each month and have a number of 20-mile runs ahead, as well as a 30-mile trek.

The friends are relying on GPS-tracking watches to help them navigate the 11 interweaving lines of the Tube network.

“Travelling these massive distances, you realise how easy the Tube makes people’s commute,” said Mr Cooper.

“It gives you a bearing of just the size of London but it’s not quite as big as people think it is.”

He added: “When it’s a nice day, get out and have a run and a cycle, and enjoy the wonders of London above ground.”

To find out more about the challenge and to donate, visit justgiving.com/tuberunners or justgiving.com/runthetube-warchild.

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Owner Saby Thukral at the opening party of her store in Heath Street

Struggling with the challenge of shopping for her fashion-conscious daughters in the area, a Hampstead Garden Suburb mother has opened up a new children’s shop in Hampstead.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Claire Meir part of a charity raising money for books for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Photo: Nigel Sutton

A mother was inspired to fundraise to buy books for Syrian children in Turkey after imagining what it would be like if her son was fleeing devastating civil war.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
The primary school pupils enjoyed a range of workshops. Photo: Jacqui Sinnatt

Camden and Islington primary school children enjoyed a taste of creativity away from the classroom at the Primary Careers Fair held at the British Library.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Ray Davies is returning to Hornsey Town Hall

Ray Davies performed one of his first gigs at the iconic venue when he was still at school, before going on to form The Kinks

Friday, April 29, 2016
The coffin arrives for the funeral of David Gest arriving at Golders Green Crematorium in north London.

Mourners have remembered music producer and TV star David Gest at a funeral service in Golders Green.

Friday, April 29, 2016
PC Shane Moulds has been dismissed for misconduct

A Camden police constable has been sacked for punching a member of the public he was arresting and hurling abuse at him, calling him a ‘posh twat’

Friday, April 29, 2016
Big Green Bookshop is raising money for Haringey schools.  Joint owner Tim West  pictured. Photo: Nigel Sutton

Two book owners was sickened when an opportunistic thief stole £600, but their customers were “unbelievably” supportive and in a “tsunami of loveliness” helped them raise more than nine times the amount in donations.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Found dead: David Gest (Picture: Ian West/PA Wire)

The funeral of David Gest is set to take place this afternoon at Golders Green crematorium, according to reports.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe