ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

In 2021, the Putney Gumps are taking on another daunting and reckless mission in a bid to part our friends and families with a little cash, and to raise funds for our regular wonderful charities, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Downs Syndrome Association. We have battled through some daft ultras and other assorted challenges over the years, but never taken on a task that requires us to get up and go every day over a longer period. So, this time we have the historic Thames Path in our sights, a route that stretches 186 miles from the source of the river at Kemble in the Cotswolds to the sea, traditionally marked by the Thames Barrier. That conveniently equates to 7 stages, each of almost exactly marathon distance - we will be aiming to run 26.2 miles each day for a week starting on 10th September, lodging in various inns along the way, and completing the challenge on the 16th with the final leg taking us from Putney to the Barrier.

We and our chosen charities will be more grateful than ever for any donations you feel able to make, especially in light of the immense difficulties and fundraising shortfalls these and many other charitable organisations have faced over the past 18 months. Their dedication and the support they offer are more challenging and more vital than ever. Thank you so much for any help you are able to provide.

We will send regular updates to our donors, and post blogs and photos on our Putney Gumps website (LINK), as we nervously approach our mission, and as it unfolds in the first half of September. Please do make your own friends, families and colleagues aware of our challenge if you think they may be interested and would like to support us – we will certainly need all the help we can get!

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