DAN Thompson will be running 10km in Taunton on Saturday as part of his Run the World Challenge.

Run the World is an extraordinary challenge created by Dan, who has undertaken to complete a 10km run in all 206 countries in the world by the 2020 Olympics/Paralympics.

He is also completing an additional 44 runs in the UK, taking his global total to 250 runs, which is equivalent to running 2,500km - one metre for every cancer sufferer in the UK.

Following the death of his mother from cancer, Dan is doing the challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK and to promote the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.

Anyone wishing to join or support the run should meet from 9.40am on Saturday at Longrun Meadow, Taunton, TA1 5AU (situated between The Castle School and French Weir Park).

The run will start at 10am with a welcome speech and group photo at 9.50am.


IT was a quiet weekend for Running Forever, this may be due to the fact that many members were attending the club Christmas party at the County Ground and would not be in a fit state to race on the Sunday.

Heather Pearce managed to get around this problem by attending the Endurancelife Dorset coastal ‘half marathon’ on Saturday.

This is a tough race on the coast path, starting at Lulworth Cove and Heather did well to complete the 16 miles in a time of 3:21 and then carry on to party!

John Martin travelled to Spain to take part in the Valencia marathon, completing the course in a good time of 3:53:43.

The organisers provided bananas and dried apricots on the course, but surprisingly oranges did not seem to be on the menu.

Members travelled far and wide to parkruns, taking part at Glasgow (Pollock), Leicestershire (Conkers), Burnham, Exmouth and Henstridge Airfield.

Of particular note was Sarah Capstick, who was first lady at Clitheroe Castle.

Another 24 members stayed local at Longrun Meadow.


HYDRO Harriers’ Parkrun tourist Andy White managed an impressive 20min 33sec at Minehead, last Saturday.

However, Rowland Lyons struggled around Valentine’s, Ilford, in 26-41.