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21 Mar 2019 Community

Hospice Ambassador takes on Huddersfield Monopoly Marathon

On Saturday 16th March, devoted fundraiser and running enthusiast, Andy Wright, took on his own epic Huddersfield Monopoly Marathon to raise essential funds for Kirkwood Hospice.

Battling harsh winds and driving rain, the weekend saw Kirkwood Hospice Ambassador, Andy Wright, take on his own bespoke marathon which visited all sites featured on the Huddersfield Monopoly board.

Standing proudly above marathon distance at an impressive 28 miles, the run was all part of Andy’s mammoth mission to run 5,000 miles in five years to raise funds and awareness for Kirkwood Hospice.

A chilly start at Emley Moor Mast with local Labour MP, Paula Sherriff.

 

Making flying visits to every square featured on Huddersfield’s edition of the family favourite game, The Huddersfield Monopoly Marathon was a challenge created by Andy himself and backed by the local community.

After a live interview on Radio Leeds, Andy and a group of support runners set off at 8:30am from Emley Moor Mast, and finished up at the Harold Wilson statue, taking in Huddersfield’s favourite landmarks in between including Castle Hill, the John Smith’s Stadium, the Lindley Clock Tower and Greenhead Park; making the route an impressive challenge and one of true Huddersfield spirit.

Making a stop at Huddersfield's Town Hall

 

The Kirklees community were behind Andy every step of the way; showing up in force on the day and supporting either by running parts of the route or cheering on Andy and the group of four other marathon runners from the side-lines.

In addition, Andy had the support of a number of running friends, four of whom ran the total distance, several others who ran an impressive 20 mile leg, as well as a section run by a group from the Heckmondwike Striders.

The run began with a visit from local Labour MP, Paula Sherriff, and throughout the day also saw support from the Mayor of Kirklees, Gwen Lowe, and consort, Ken, as well as members at Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club and a group of smiling schoolchildren awaiting Andy’s arrival at The Mount School in Edgerton.

The Harold Wilson statue marks a successful end to the Monopoly Marathon!

 

Those with their own square on the board also pulled out all the stops to support Andy on the day and in the weeks leading up to the event. Huddersfield favourite Dixon’s Milk Ices created a unique Monopoly ice cream for the day with 10p from every sale going straight to Kirkwood, and Huddersfield Library ran a special Monopoly-themed event at their town-centre base.

In an aim to engage with every space involved, Andy also managed to secure photo opportunities with Andy Booth at Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Giants mascot, Big G, and even Felix, the famous Huddersfield Train Station cat. He also got a chance to meet and conduct the internationally renowned Huddersfield Choral Society.

Dixon's Milk Ices get behind the Monopoly Marathon

 

Mirfield-man Andy, or “Andy5000miles” as he is better known on social media, is passionate about raising not only vital funds but also awareness of Kirkwood Hospice and is looking to his local community to help spread the word. He said:

“Since October 2015, I have been running for Kirkwood Hospice and ever since then been averaging 20 miles per week. My target was 5,000 miles in 5 years and I have now just passed the 3,500 mile mark with about a year and a half to go.

Andy Booth at Huddersfield Town gets behind the Monopoly Marathon

 

“So why Kirkwood Hospice? I have witnessed first-hand the amazing work the staff there do and it really is the most incredible place. As an Ambassador for Kirkwood, I want to raise their profile in communities across Kirklees and beyond.

“You have to be a particular kind of person to work in that kind of an environment, and I know that I am not that kind of person. However, I want to do what I can to support the people who do, and what I can do is run.

Felix the Huddersfield Train Station Cat: A purrfect supporter!

 

“Through taking on this challenge, I hope people feel inspired to make a one-off donation or even to sponsor me a little bit each month. Even if you are not able to support me financially, I need your help to spread the word through social media too.”

You can still support Andy by donating to his JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andy5000 or by donating regularly to Kirkwood Hospice.

Please call: 01484 557911 or email: fundraising@kirkwoodhospice.co.uk to set up a regular donation. You can also follow Andy’s journey on Twitter at: @andy5000miles or on Facebook by searching for Kirkwood 5000.

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