10 April 2018
A keen amateur runner has chosen Normanby Hall Country Park as the starting point for an epic charity challenge that will see him run 200km – or over 120 miles – in one weekend.
Roland 'Riggie' Rignall has set himself the challenge of running 40 parkruns (5km races) in 40 English counties between 20 and 22 April to raise money for dog rescue charity, Ruff Luck. To kick off the challenge on Friday 20 April, Riggie has chosen Normanby Hall’s parkrun route as the first 5K he’ll tackle.
We’ll be opening the park early on Friday morning so Riggie can start his ‘40/40 Challenge’ at 6am. Local runners and spectators are welcome to come and join Riggie at Normanby Hall and give him a fantastic send-off.
Roland ‘Riggie’ Rignall said:
“I am delighted to be starting my challenge At Normanby Hall. From the very first contact with the team they have been genuinely brilliant; they are 100% behind what I am trying to do and my huge thanks goes to them.
“The challenge is very daunting is many ways – the distance, lack of sleep, the 60 hours it will take – but a start like this is more than I could of asked for. I can't wait to get started now.
“The biggest shame is I only have 40 minutes at the park before I have to head to Goole parkrun, but I think I definitely owe them a visit in the future.
“It will be painful but I hope people can help me raise funds for Ruff Luck. I always believe if you ask people to sponsor you, you have to do something to the limit or beyond your abilities and this is certainly that.
“See you all at 6am!”
After completing the run at Normanby Hall, Riggie will move on to parkruns across the length and breadth of the country – from North Yorkshire to Devon, and from Merseyside to Kent – before finally finishing on Sunday evening at his local parkrun in Redditch, Worcestershire.
Having only launched in November 2017, Normanby Hall parkrun is also one of the newest courses that Riggie will tackle as part of the 40/40 Challenge.
Every Saturday morning, around 200 parkrunners of all abilities walk, jog or run the free, timed run at Normanby Hall, from those taking their first steps in running to seasoned pros chasing a new PB.
Cllr Elaine Marper, ward member for Burton and Winterton on North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“Roland ‘Riggie’ Rignall’s challenge will see him put his body through more than four and half marathons in one weekend. As he’ll be tackling courses all over the country, we want to make sure he has the best send-off possible here in North Lincolnshire.
“I encourage as many of you as possible go along and support Riggie on Friday morning at Normanby Hall.”
You can find out more about Riggie’s challenge and donate by finding the 40/40 Challenge on Facebook.