Recently, Notts County FC Football in the Community have launched a public fundraising campaign to encourage fans and members of the public to help raise funds for their community projects within the local area. Anyone who decides to raise funds for the charity will be inducted into their ‘Knights of Notts hall of fame’. Manager Tim Hatton has led by example and become the latest Knight of Notts by completing a sponsored run.
FITC’s Senior Manager Tim Hatton has been a keen middle and long-distance runner since he was a teenager. This year, he decided to challenge himself and fundraise for FITC’s work by taking part in the Grindleford Gallop – a 22 mile fell race in North Derbyshire, which includes three extremely steep hills and 3,000 feet of ascent.
Although the race was gruelling, Tim managed to finish and visited some of the prettiest parts of the Peak District while he did it. Starting in Grindleford, the race visited Froggatt, Eyam, Great Longstone, Edensor, the Chatsworth estate and Baslow before heading uphill for the final time along Baslow and Frogatt Edges.
Luckily for Tim, he was able to complete the run despite having to reduce training due to a niggling injury. He found the last five miles particularly tough as he hadn’t managed to complete more than 15 miles in training, so this was unchartered territory. Luckily this coincided with the 6th checkpoint where he was able to reload on lemon drizzle cake, jelly babies and orange pop in Baslow to fuel him up the final and toughest hill, up to Baslow Edge.
He suffered two episodes of cramp in the last two miles and a huge blister on his big toe, but managed to finish in 3 hours 22 minutes and raised a phenomenal £978 for FITC’s community projects.
Tim said, “It was a tough run and I’m still suffering but it was great to raise so much for the projects our award-winning team deliver within the local community. I hope this will raise awareness of our ‘Knights of Notts’ initiative and that we can induct many other people into our hall of fame, whilst raising much-needed funds for FITC.”