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The Result

Well the run from Cardiff to Twickenham is long gone, Wales won the Grand Slam (hooray) and the money is nearly all in, so we thought we’d give you a final update on 6 Nations 7 Marathons.

The reason we undertook such an extreme event was to try to raise an extreme amount of money for 4 great charities. We have always supported Help for Heroes, as a result of the loss of Darren’s brother, Staff Sgt Mark Powell in Iraq. This time, we also wanted to support our local South Wales charities, namely; Macmillan, the Sandville Centre outside Porthcawl and Glaze Prostate.

We set an ambitious target of £20,000 which was the amount we raised on our previous event, 8 Marathons in 8 Days, running from North to South Wales. Thanks to the response from you; sponsors, friends, neighbours, business associates, friend of friends and complete strangers, we have surpassed this original target and raised an enormous £27,000.

This tremendous amount of money could only have been achieved with our generosity, so the team:- Sean Whare, Darren Powell, Ben Ruddle, Simon Judd and Mike Hnyda, would like to thank EVERYONE who donated. Thank you for being so generous, the sum speaks for itself; we really appreciate it and hope to thank each of you personally. Your generosity has been overwhelming.

For the first time this year, we had a main sponsor, Taylor Wimpey South Wales, who were more than generous in their support - so a huge thank you to them. The 6 Nations 7 Marathons team would also like to thank the WRU and their CEO, Roger Lewis, for all their help and for the use of the Millennium Stadium for the starting event; Herbalife for all the sport nutrition; Under Armour for the kit; Princes Gate for hydration; Delme Bennett for physiotherapy; General Dynamics; Sony; HiTide Inn, Porthcawl; the Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Magor; David Hnyda for the webpage, brochures, power points and invites; London Welsh RFC for the welcome; the Army for looking after us and organising our stay at RAF Lyneham and Sandhurst.

We shall be presenting the final cheques to the charities on 2nd June, so if anyone would still like to donate, or has yet to pay, it’s not too late - thank you.

So the adventure has come to an end - and what a great adventure it was. Running all the way to Twickenham! The team’s memories include a great start from the Millennium Stadium with Roy Noble and Jonathan Davies (the younger one); running across the Severn Bridge; sitting in rivers in February; how flat England is compared to Wales; Darren’s blisters on his blisters; chicken mayo sandwiches after 15 miles; Army physios (aarrgghh); the reserve of the English compared to the Welsh (mind you, it didn’t help running through rural England with Welsh flags); not being allowed into Twickenham; the welcome at London Welsh and of course, the score line …… England 12 - Wales 19.

So what next? Don’t know!! But a lot of people keep saying they fancy getting involved in a challenge - so perhaps that’s the answer !!! With the buzz of doing this and the money raised for charity, I’m sure we’ll think of something.

Once again, thanks for your support and generosity.

Anyone fancy running to Australia for the next match!!!

Mike, Sean, Darren, Ben & Simon

The Challenge


Following the success of '8 in 8', we wanted the next challenge to be based around our great love - Rugby. With the 6 Nations championship approaching and Wales' superb performance in the Rugby World Cup ...

The next challenge is 6 Nations, 7 Marathons.

We will leave The Millenium Stadium on the 19th February 2012 and run 7 Marathons in 7 Days arriving at Twickenham (hopefully) on 25th February 2012 just before the England 'v' Wales game

The objective of the run is to raise as much money as possible for our supported charities. Help for Heroes and Macmillan Cancer Support as well as local charities such as Glaze and The Sandville Self Help Centre.

Our last charity run from North Wales to South Wales raised £20,000. This is once again our target for this challenge.

Please Click here to view our profile on Sponsor Me or use the Quick Donate box above to donate now!!! We have used Sponsor-Me.org over more well known sponsorship sites as it costs the charities less to use, meaning more money actually goes to those in need.

Please use the button above to 'like' us on Facebook and tell all your friends about this fantastic event to raise money for these worthy charities.

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Thank you all very much for your support

Mike, Sean & Darren


We are proud to be supported by Taylor Wimpey South Wales, The Welsh Rugby Union, Under Armour, Princes Gate, Herbalife & General Dynamics