Local people got behind the challenge to race around the world ‘virtually’ to raise funds for the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) with the total topping £23,000.
The challenge, which ran from 1 to 28 February, organised by the Air Cadet Junior Leaders, invited teams and individuals to collectively run, walk, cycle, and swim 40,075 kms to take them virtually around the world. The target distance was smashed with a week to go and a total of 59,095 kms completed.
Over 250 people ran, walked, cycled and even weight lifted, to ensure that the distance was achieved.
Emma, a member of the Junior Leaders Course in 2016, not only helped to organise the challenge but also took part, cycling and running 1271.63 km and raising £628. Air Cadet junior leaders and directing staff, from courses spanning 20 years signed up for the challenge together with individuals from all walks of life. John’s old school, Parley First School, entered a team and covered over 3,500 km raising more than £1000. Other entries included 40 Commando Royal Marines, cycling clubs, JTYAF charity trustees and many more.
Pete Thornton, chairman of the JTYAF, said, “We are totally overwhelmed by this fantastic support as John would be too, and we can’t thank everyone involved enough. Every penny raised by this challenge will ensure that his legacy lives on, helping young people to achieve their ambitions.”
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