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Graham WilsonGraham Wilson

Hello, I am Graham Wilson

I have been a public servant all my working life. I am due to retire in September 2019 but have delayed this until spring 2020 when I will set of on an epic challenge of 120 marathons in 120 days with my dog Tilly, she is a 2 year old Poochon breed who loves to walk but because she is sensible unlike her owner she will only be covering 4 miles a day.

After retiring, I intend to continue serving the public by raising £500,000 for a number of local and national charities. I will do this by completing 120 marathons in 120 days over a number of countries between the dates of 21/03/2020 – 18/07/2020. The Marathons will be made up of both organised and our own events and will cover 26.5 miles per day for 120 days.

The Route

The route is being planned to start and finish in Harrogate taking in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Scottish Isles, Scotland, Wales, each county in England, the Channel Islands, Isle of Wight then move across to Europe to cover the full 850 miles of the Camino Way starting in France, through Spain and into Portugal. The routes have been planned so anyone wanting to join one of the marathons for the whole or part distance can do so.

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Walking 120 Days

Walking 120 days at 26.5 miles a day will be physically and mentally challenging, but put that into context with people who require the services of the charities we are supporting and my challenge then becomes a walk in the park. Of course I have doubts about walking the equivalent of Harrogate to New York 3180 miles, but I also have the belief that what we are doing and the benefit to all those 1000's of people this money will help to overcome these doubts and weaknesses my body and mind will throw up over the 4 months.

People Inspire Me

People inspire me, and I would like to inspire others to get involved with this, not just giving but by actively getting involved and making a difference however large or small. I want people to come and join in the walking wherever we may be. People young and old can come out and join us on the training walks, whether they are long distance walkers or total beginners , it may be there first encounter with exercise for a long time, the message is clear come and do your bit for society whilst doing some good for yourself. Help raise £500,000 donating a little to help thousands of people you don't even know that's the magical part. People don't realise the impact they can have on other people's lives and their own lives when taking on an event like this.

Forthcoming Events

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The Charities

The charities that I have chosen to support to varying degrees have all had an impact in both my personal and professional life. I have chosen charities both national and local to Yorkshire. I have recently lost parents, family and friends through Cancer and heart failure. My youngest daughter was born with a rare condition that she has learned to deal with but with a strong will, determination and support from hospitals and support charities she has overcome most difficulties associated with the condition. I have seen the empowerment that sport gives kids and young adults who have disabilities to take part in sport. I have seen first-hand the work that goes on at the Police treatment Centres that serving officers can access when they have been injured on duty.

I have had the benefit of seeing the Yorkshire Air Ambulance attending remote accidents and providing lifesaving care to people who otherwise die from injuries. The Harrogate homeless project providing day to day services for those finding themselves unfortunate to be without food accommodation and hope. Finally you may be unaware of the great opportunities that amateur theatre groups and theatres provide to young and old people alike. Theatres are much more than buildings with history; they are the backbone of many small communities providing a lifeline as a community hub. Theatre groups themselves who I have worked with over the past 20 years bring communities together and allow access and opportunities for thousands of people which they would not necessary had otherwise.

Contact Me

If you'd like to contact me about the challenge or would like any more information please use the form below.