Foden's start running to Palanga!
As bands across Europe are gearing up for the 2019 European Championships, Foden's Band is already in the process of raising the £20,000 that it will cost to get the band 1207 miles to Palanga, Lithuania where they will represent England at the 2020 European Brass Band Championships.
In order to help raise the funds, band members have taken it upon themselves to try and cover the distance (there and back) on foot - 2414 miles between now and May 2020.
The challenge began in earnest on 2nd February 2019, whilst performing in Armagh, Northern Ireland, Mark Bousie, Ian Raisbeck & Robin Basu took part in the weekly Armagh Parkrun - each completing the 5km (3.1 miles).
This will be continued in many forms; some band members running marathons, some shorter distances and we might even encourage some of the less active band members to take part in a short jog!
During February, four band members covered an impressive 260 miles across 67 different runs. For Mike Warriner, there are multiple goals to strive for, as he is currently training for the London Marathon. Mike's training efforts have added 82 miles so far and he’s sure to keep the miles ticking towards Palanga for this challenge.
A spokesperson from Foden’s commented, “The band have made an impressive start and have already made it beyond the English coastline. Each month you can check back to see how we are doing with the challenge to cover the ground. We hope that you will enjoy reading about our progress and might feel that our efforts inspire you to donate towards our goal.”
Donations can be made at https://www.fodensband.co.uk/euros
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