Top team effort from AFC Rushden & Diamonds family with Rushden to Ajax Challenge

The charity challenge has already raised hundreds of pounds

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 7:00 am
It was a team effort from AFC Rushden & Diamond Community

Families from this club teamed up to put their best foot forward and raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Coaches, helpers, young players and parents from AFC Rushden & Diamonds Community took the challenge to walk hundreds of miles to raise money for community charities.

Dozens of families took part in the Rushden to Ajax Challenge which saw them participate in their own local walks and runs over seven days in March.

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It was a team effort from AFC Rushden & Diamond Community

The aim was to collectively cover 751 miles within the designated week.

The target distance calculated was the equivalent of a route which would take them 'virtually' from their club's shared home at Hayden Road on a journey through Europe, via Wembley Stadium, Stade de France, Westfalenstadion to the Amsterdam Arena, home of Ajax.

During the football fundraiser families and participants pounded pavements on runs or walked local routes in their houses, gardens and as part of their daily exercise outings.

The participants’ premier performance collectively clocked up more than 1,333 miles in total between them, raising almost £600 so far for local causes including Action Duchenne, Wilson’s Disease Support Group and Rushden Foodbank ENCS.

Mark Rust from AFC Rushden & Diamonds Community said: “We couldn’t do our usual annual sponsored walk due to Covid restrictions, however we still wanted to organise something that would bring the club together and support local charities.

“We put together a week-long 751 mile virtual walk/run with a route that was linked to football for the kids to enjoy.

"I am delighted that everyone absolutely smashed it and collectively covered over 1,333 miles in total, which reached well beyond our original target.

“Together we’ve raised a great amount of money that will be divided equally between the three charities that are close to the club.”

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