Running race

Oh, What's Occuring?

On Friday 27th May Richard Kell will set off on a Bank Holiday journey with a  difference. As a fan of the cult BBC TV show, Gavin And Stacey , Richard will recreate the 210 mile journey from Billericay to Barry Island , Wales travelled by the show’s leading characters.

But rather than sitting in queues of busy motorway  traffic, Richard will instead cover the distance on foot, running more than 50 miles a day before finishing on the beach at Barry Island on Bank Holiday Monday (30th May).

Richard is raising funds for Help for Heroes in the process. Having run a number of unique races for the charity in 2010, Richard was keen to think of a novel way to continue the quest in 2011.

Richard has received support from a number of celebrity backers:

“Good luck in The Gavin and Stacey Challenge, running 200miles will be a great achievement" Jessica Ennis

“Good luck and keep up the fantastic work! Lots of Essex love" Tamzin Outhwaite

“I think it’s a fantastic challenge Richard is taking on. Help for Heroes  is a great charity and I wish him all the best in his efforts! Crazy or  brave I admire his commitment!" Iwan Thomas

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Richard Kell"]It seemed like a good idea at the time! I was sat in a traffic jam on the M4 before Christmas, thinking it would be quicker if I got out and walked… so I thought I would! I wanted to come up with an unusual way of raising money for Help for Heroes and it just struck me that I was on the route travelled by Gavin and Stacey so why not follow in their footsteps! The show was one of the funniest comedies for years, I’m not altogether sure the run will be as much fun….it’s an awfully long way! Running 50 odd miles for four consecutive days will be a real test – though to be honest I’m most concerned about my navigation skills and not getting hopelessly lost.[/quote]

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Event Details - Friday 27th may 2011

The run will start in Gavin's home town of Billericay at 08:00 on Friday 27th May (from HSBC, 109 High Street, Billericay, CM12 9AN) with John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, firing the starting pistol.

210 miles and 4 days later the journey will be completed in Stacey's Barry Island, finishing at Marco's cafe (Promenade, Barry, Wales CF62 5TQ). The estimated finish time is 16:00 (Monday 30th May). The final few miles will see me joined by Vale of Glamorgan MP (and keen Gavin and Stacey fan) Alun Cairns, with the Mayor of Barry, Councillor John Clifford, leading the reception committee at the finish.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Richard"]The show was one of the funniest comedies for years, I’m not altogether sure the run will be as much fun….it’s an awfully long way! If truth be told it seemed like a great plan a few months ago, now the reality is almost here I'm not quite so sure it’s such a lush idea! Every journey starts with the first step...and this one will finish about 360,000 steps later! If I keep putting one foot in front of another I know I'll get there...eventually! The first thing I’m going to want when I get to Barry Island is an ice cold beer – Tidy![/quote]

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