Weʼve raised £170 to support Darren's ultimate challenge, to run seven marathons, in seven countries, on the sites of the New Seven Wonders of the World (777)!
- Sedgley, West Midlands
- Funded on Tuesday, 21st November 2017
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7 MARATHONS – 7 COUNTRIES – 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD
My 777 Challenge!
If you know me, you will know that I am always up for a challenge, particularly if it involves running!
Often found 'Forest Gumping' on the roads and trails of the Black Country, I love nothing more than heading out the front door to take on the next ultimate challenge.
As a father to two young girls and, as a secondary school teacher training for headship, I do not underestimate my influence. As Forest Gump would say, “my mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they going, where they been”. Well, my shoes will be a pair of running trainers, I was born and bred in Tipton and I plan on running on historical sites across the world to inspire the students I work with on a daily basis.
THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE
On 7th July 2007 (7-7-07), the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland, announced seven monuments that over 100 million people voted as the New 7 Wonders of the World.
My three year challenge is to run a marathon (26.2 miles) starting and finishing on the sites of all seven, beginning with my first challenge in Rome, the sites are:
1. The Roman Colosseum, Italy (2017),
2. Chichen Itza, Mexico - Mayan City
3.Christ Redeemer, Brazil - Large Statue
4.The Great Wall, China
5.Machu Picchu, Peru
6.Petra, Jordan - Ancient City
7.The Taj Mahal, India
WHY I WANT TO DO THIS
In life you can either be ‘a dealer in hope’ or ‘a mood hoover’! I choose to be ‘a dealer in hope’ and I want my students to realise that with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit, an ultimate goal and a go get ’em attitude, anything is achievable.
It will also be fantastic to share my story with them. Using the experience to educate them culturally and entrepreneurially (raising finance will be a big chapter!).
HOW I WILL USE YOUR FUNDS
Primarily, I will be using funds to supplement my own personal savings to help finance flights to the seven countries listed above. By couch surfing and working with running clubs in each of the countries, I am hoping to keep accommodation costs to a minimum. Initially, I am hoping to raise £500.00 to get me underway with my first three marathons, , however as my challenge develops, I will do other fundraising events to achieve my goal.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please follow me on Facebook to see how my campaign progresses.
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Sep 11, 2017
Good luck Darren xx
Laurence Ben Ouhiba
Sep 10, 2017
Little brooks make great rivers...Take care and good luck !!Laurence
Aug 30, 2017
Aug 7, 2017
Good luck, Darren. Amazing challenge and I will run the first mile with you. :)
Jul 26, 2017
Good luck mate, go smash it!
Jul 26, 2017
Good luck with the challenge and raising the funds. Sounds like a challenging but amazing experience... your children and family will be so proud! Karla and Jay xx
Jul 25, 2017
Good luck, hope you get to do this--sounds awesome!
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Sedgley, West Midlands
I am a teacher, father, runner, adventure seeker and proud Black Country man. Having worked in education since 2006, my aim is to make a difference by supporting students to achieve their goals. My challenge, like many before it, aims to inspire those that I work for!