Use The Force and help the N&N

Just Regional
May 2, 2020 2 mins read

Runners in Norfolk are being called to use The Force for a special Star Wars challenge to raise money for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Norwich-based sports performance specialists Rob Sears and his partner Loren Taylor, of Focus 4 Fitness, are launching The Empire Strides Back on May 4 – also known as Star Wars Day (…May the fourth…)

The challenge is to complete a marathon distance between May 4 and the end of the month.   Participants can choose which side to run for, The Sith, The Jedi, The Princesses, The Droids or The Wookies, and will receive:

  • A space on the challenge Wall of Fame as part of their chosen team
  • A certificate of achievement (Star Wars themed of course)
  • A finishers medal (if they opt for the medal option)

Around 100 people have already signed up and Rob said: “Many runners have had their races cancelled over the last few weeks and we at Focus 4 Fitness wanted to offer something to help keep people motivated whilst also supporting our local NHS at the same time.  Staff at the NNUH are constantly going the extra mile to take care for us despite being under extreme pressure and risk themselves, so now it’s our turn to go the extra mile for them with this challenge.”

Rob Sears and Loren Taylor with their four-legged running partners. Photo: Focus 4 Fitness 

Loren added: “We wanted to help the fight and support those on the front line in epic Focus 4 Fitness style with our biggest challenge to date, so, help hospital staff cope with the challenges they’re facing as you run a virtual 26.2 miles!

“You don’t need to be a marathon runner to take part and can complete the distance in one day or over the next 28 days by just doing a mile a day.  It can even be completed in your back garden or on a treadmill.”

The cost to enter this challenge is £10 with 100pc of the funds going to the NNUH. Anyone wanting a medal is asked to pay £12 to cover the cost of the medal.

For more information and to enter this challenge visit https://www.focus4fitness.co.uk/the-empire-strides-back-marathon

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