On 11th April 2015, Wales international Australian Rules Footballers Joe Street and Evan Phillips started an extraordinary 235 mile charity run across the UK to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young http://www.c-r-y.org.uk.
They set off from the Liberty Stadium during Swansea City’s Premier League fixture against Everton on Saturday 11th April, and plan to run 212 miles all the way to London in time to then complete the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on April 26th two weeks later. The challenge, sees the pair run an average of 15 miles each day throughout, cross the Severn Bridge, and navigate past assorted sporting landmarks such as The Millenium Stadium, Chepstow Racecourse, Bath Recreation Ground and the home of England Rugby, Twickenham Stadium.
In 2013, a close friend of Joe’s, semi-professional cyclist Tim Butt, suffered a near-fatal cardiac arrest. Since then Tim and his friends have started doing assorted fundraising events for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), with this run being the largest. Backed by the charity, and with funding from Swansea Tennis Centre, the boys are also making a short Youtube documentary which will follow their trip, whilst also telling the story of why they have chosen to run for CRY & how the charity can help to prevent sudden cardiac death in young people through their free heart screening events.
You can track the pair’s progress by following their official twitter page @SwanseaToLondon, & if you wish to donate to their cause, you may do so by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ontheroadagain, or by texting JOEV88 £10 to 70070.