Running 1540km from Czesnika to Capel | Why Louis is raising money for Shepway Sports Trust

Last week, we received a message from Louis Fearn, a local teacher who has recently moved to Poland. He has decided to take on an ultra-challenge to raise money for two sporting charities, including Shepway Sports Trust. The challenge involves running 1540km (957 miles) from Czenika in Poland to his hometown in Shepway, all between now and Christmas. Averaging about 13.4km of running every day, the task in hand will take some serious dedication and will require both physical and mental strength. So, why has Louis decided to take on this epic challenge?

We spoke to Louis and asked him that exact question. Here’s what he said:

“As an assistant headteacher and director of sport at an international school in Warsaw, Poland, I wanted a challenge that tied together my home in Warsaw and in England – Capel-le-Ferne. I frequently talk to students I work with about the power of giving something back and felt I had an opportunity to practice what I preach!”

You are doing this challenge to fundraise for two sports charities. Why?

“I’m fiercely passionate about providing sporting opportunities for young individuals (to the point that it’s directed my career pathways) and hate that for some individuals these opportunities are harder to come by. As a result of this, in all of my teaching and leadership roles, I have sought to offer opportunities where possible to a full spectrum of students”

Who are you raising money for?

“In Warsaw, we have established a football foundation that requires funding to survive in its infancy. I’m also raising money for Shepway Sports Trust. Having worked and lived in Shepway, I’m well aware of the great work the Shepway Sports Trust do with a whole host of groups”

What will be the toughest part of the challenge? 

“I’m actually quite an inexperienced distance runner, I only ran my first marathon in April and a mini ultra in June. I love the challenge of the distance and have really developed a bug for it! Aside from the obvious challenges of staying fit and covering the distance, Poland gets really cold around November time and it’s likely many of the runs will be sub zero and even as low as -10 to -15 degrees. However, on October 6th, I’m running the Silesia Marathon near Katowice, the run finishes in a huge stadium which is something I’m looking forward to!”

 

Incredible! If you would like to sponsor Louis for this impressive feat, please visit his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/louis-fearn. We will be providing updates of Louis’ journey on our social media channels, so follow @ShepwayST on Instagram and Twitter.

The money raised will contribute towards our work in the local community, supporting people of all ages to be physically active and create positive sporting habits for life. We know that sport has the power to transform communities, enhance the mental wellbeing of participants and have a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged young people. If you share our vision for a community where everybody can be inspired to enjoy sport, we hope you will consider raising essential funds to support the work of Shepway Sports Trust. If you’d like to know more, please contact Jordon on j.mann@shepwaysportstrust.org.