Well, as I write this at 16:30pm on Sunday the 4th of April 2017 on the balcony (it’s sunny!) of my caravan in Bournemouth I could never have imagined the start the challenge would have had! For those of you who may be living on the moon or under a rock, yesterday I started my 365 day challenge where I would visit as many football grounds as I possibly could in an attempt to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
I am going to really try to get back into my writing as over the last 12 months my YouTube commitments have really taken over the ways I share my experiences but I think that completing 1 blog per week should be doable. So, get ready for your weekly fix of reading each Sunday evening going over the week that has just passed as well as an opportunity to go into what it is coming up!
So, what has happened so far? During the last week it has been all about planning my adventures, shouting a bit about the challenge and getting myself started. It has taken me months to plan how to go about doing this, including conversations with Guinness World Records to attempt to make it official but due to me enjoying Non-League too much that wouldn’t be possible. I have now got a fairly concrete plan for April and you can see this here – https://twitter.com/athurston_1996/status/847921017091760128 and have had a fantastic weeks worth of fundraising. Before even starting I’d broke the £300 mark which I am extremely proud of. This went to another level this morning when Charlotte Crosby kindly donated £250.00 to my fund which has resulted in smashing £600.00 in total including Gift Aid. So a massive thank you to everyone who has donated up until now, and for those who haven’t (yet!!), no worries, we’ve got just under 12 moths to go!
Now, onto the thing we all enjoy… the football! I have kicked off my challenge in a very
sunny Dorset as Poole Town FC for their National League South game against Concord Rangers. It was a beautiful day & setting in the 15+ degree sunshine on the South Coast. Perfect for football. The game itself was pretty decent as well. Poole who are still fighting
hard for a Play-Off Place were by far the better side and thoroughly deserved their 2-1 win. The game was open and attacking throughout in which Poole Towns’ number 11 shone as the star man.
Throughout my 365 day challenge I have asked people to provide me with challenges to try and undertake whilst on my travels and I begun a couple of those at Poole… one was to meet as many different people including Groundhoppers as I could and the other was to eat as many different things and rate them. First off is visiting Russ who is a Groundhopper and Wycombe Wanderers fan who has visited over 650 grounds (slightly more than my 118!) and I managed to take in a Hog Roast Roll which was gorgeous and not too horrendous for the diet!
Overall a fantastic way to start the challenge. A completely new ground ticket off, over £600 raised and some sun! Only 364 days to go…
Donate – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AdamThurstonGroundhopping