University of York Hockey Club running a ‘virtual ultra-marathon’

The club are raising money for York Mind

The University of York Hockey club is running the distance between Lancaster and York just one week before Roses. The club will be attempting to run the distance there and back (228 miles) all on one night on campus.

The club are raising money for York Mind, a charity that gives help and support to those suffering from mental illness in the surrounding area and donations can be made on their JustGiving page.

The marathon will commence at 6 pm on the 21st April and finishes at 6:30 am the next morning, with the aim of surpassing the 228 miles.

UYHC’s victorious Men’s 2s at Roses last year

Mental health is a big issue at universities throughout the UK, with one of four students suffering from a mental health related problem. The organiser of the event, Tom Cadman had this to say about the marathon:

‘To me, this full club event represents everything being a part of the Hockey Club is about. In the run up to the biggest sporting event of or calendar, there is no better way to prepare than for all members to come together and enjoy what promises to be a thoroughly rewarding event. Moreover, we are proud to be supporting the official charity of this year’s Roses competition: York Mind, making it an extremely worthwhile cause!’ 

Whilst we can’t guarantee that they will reach the 228-mile distance, what we do know is that it will be a fantastic fitness preparation for Roses.

Donations can be made here: