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🏃‍♂️ City fan Martyn takes St James' Park to St James Park challenge

Support Martyn on his mammoth challenge

3 February 2021

Exeter City fan Martyn Norman is running the equivalent distance of St James' Park in Newcastle to St James Park in Exeter to raise money for Charity - and you can support him.

Martyn, also known as 'Egg' to City fans, plans to run the mammot 483 miles over the next 9 months, ending with the final 26.2 miles at the Barnstaple marathon on September 26, 2021.

To support Martyn on his challenge, please click here.

The aim of the challenge is to raise funds for both Andy's Man Club and Pete's Dragons, two great charities heavily involved in mental health.

Pete's Dragons, a local charity based in Devon, provides support to those bereaved by suicide. National mental health charity Andy’s man club is a male mental health charity that holds regular meetings to help men talk about their own mental health issues and break down the stigma attached around male mental health. 

Speaking about the challenge, Martyn said: "As anyone who knows me will know that my two biggest loves in life are football and running, and with this in mind I’m combining the two to raise awareness of mental health and to raise funds for two mental health charities.

"The plan is to run the equivalent distance from St James park in Exeter, home to my beloved Exeter City, to the ground’s namesake in Newcastle, home to Newcastle united.

"Over the next nine months my hypothetical route will see me run 483 miles and will take in various clubs’ grounds as landmarks along the way. All of my runs will be mapped via my GPS watch and the last 26.2 miles will be completed via the Barnstaple marathon on the 26th of September 2021.

"As someone who has and still does suffer with mental health issues, running and football have helped and continue to help me cope.

"I know times are hard for everyone and any donations and support would be massively appreciated, I’ve never undertaken a challenge of this scale, time or distance before."

If you would like to keep track of the challenge then you can follow regular updates on the route and grounds visited by following @SWgroundhopper on Twitter.

More info on both charities can be found on the following links:

To support Martyn on his challenge, please click here.

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