26.2 miles to support the next generation....#MyMiles Marathon set for SportsAid Week!

It was only a matter of time before the #MyMiles Marathon was born….and it’s ready to make its debut during SportsAid Week 2018! Tim Lawler, SportsAid’s Chief Executive, Paralympic champion Danny Crates and Andrew Cohen-Wray, founder of Athlete In Mind, will be running a special 26.2 mile route through Buckinghamshire to help raise awareness of the incredible dedication and commitment shown by young British athletes.
13 September, 2018

It was only a matter of time before the #MyMiles Marathon was born….and it’s ready to make its debut during SportsAid Week 2018! Tim Lawler, SportsAid’s Chief Executive, Paralympic champion Danny Crates and Andrew Cohen-Wray, founder of Athlete In Mind, will be running a special 26.2 mile route through Buckinghamshire to help raise awareness of the incredible dedication, commitment and sacrifice shown by the next generation of British athletes.

The #MyMiles Challenge was launched last year to shine a spotlight on young sports stars and the training they undertake, each and every day, as they strive to reach the top. A total of 5,741 miles were covered by SportsAid supporters as they came together to keep athletes company throughout the week by posting photos and videos on social media before nominating and donating to continue the chain. The concept continues to evolve and the #MyMiles Marathon is the latest instalment!

The #MyMiles Marathon is taking place on Friday 28 September. The route will start at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, helping to mark the 70th anniversary of the Paralympic movement, with the finish line stationed at the Jury’s Inn in Milton Keynes where a regional SportsAid Lunch Club is being held to raise funds for local athletes. You’ll be able to follow the #MyMiles Marathon on Twitter and Instagram as there will be LIVE updates provided by Tim, Danny and Andrew through SportsAid’s accounts!

MEET THE TEAM

Tim Lawler

Tim is the Chief Executive of SportsAid. He joined the charity in 2004 after a long spell as Managing Director at Saracens Rugby Club. Tim runs and cycles to keep fit. He has completed several marathons, two 40 mile duathlons, a 100 kilometre ultra-marathon and the ‘Fan Dance’ - the infamous Special Forces march. Tim was the first person to be publicly named as a London 2012 Olympic torchbearer in recognition of his work with SportsAid.

Danny Crates

Danny is a Paralympic champion and British sporting hero. He won a gold medal at Athens 2004 in the T46 800m and claimed titles from every major event in the sport, including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup, during his career. Danny is a leading motivational speaker and works as a presenter and commentator for Channel 4 covering the Paralympic Games and other leading sports competitions.

Andrew Cohen-Wray

Andrew is the founder of Athlete In Mind. He is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming who helps people of any sporting ability to achieve the same mindset used by top-level athletes. Andrew has been a competitive athlete for over two and a half decades with numerous county and regional medals in the 110m hurdles, 800m, cross country and steeplechase. He has represented Great Britain at the World Masters Championships.

SportsAid Week 2018 takes place from 24-30 September. You can find out more about this year’s initiative and the #MyMiles Challenge by clicking here!