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Bloggers' mammoth relay in aid of Sport Relief

Two Fleet mums are taking part in charity relay from Land's End to John O'Groats in aid of Sport Relief

Team Honk in relay gear L-R: Tanya Barrow, Bruce Barrow, Ivan Akinin, Laura Briggs

Two mums from Fleet are limbering up for their part in a charity relay from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Tanya Barrow and Laura Briggs are joining more than 200 bloggers from across the UK taking part in the nationwide fundraising challenge in aid of Sport Relief over the next couple of months.

The groups that make up Team Honk will walk, jog, roller-skate, swim, push buggies and use public transport to complete the 3,000-mile feat, which began at Land’s End on January 12 and finishes on March 23.

Team Honk was founded least year by mum-of-three Mrs Barrow, 44, and fellow bloggers Annie Spratt and Penny Alexander in an effort to bring bloggers from all over the country together to raise funds for Comic Relief.

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Team Honk with Jonathan Ross (l to r) Tanya Barrow, Jonathan Ross, Annie Spratt and Penny Alexander during their trip to Ghana for Comic Relief
 

The trio spent 48 hours in Ghana with celebrities Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary and to see first-hand the good work achieved with some of the £600 million raised over the years.

On their return, they set the challenge of raising £10,000 by asking bloggers to bike, hold cake sales, shave their hair and climb Mount Snowdon.

This year they doubled the target to £20,000 and organised a nationwide fundraising campaign featuring the Land’s End to John O’Groats blogger to blogger relay.

Mrs Barrow said: “We wanted everybody to be able to get involved. We didn’t want geography or finances to stop bloggers and tweeters coming together to fundraise.Land’s End to John O’Groats is a classic challenge so we decided to get a baton, called Mr B, and see if we could get bloggers to sign up and agree to get it passed from person to person all the way up the country.”

Within days more than 100 bloggers said they wanted to get involved.

“We now have hundreds of people involved doing everything from running and cycling to three-legged races, hill running, swimming, kayaking and Zumba,” said Mrs Barrow.

“It is extraordinary to see it all unfold. Woburn Safari Park have even leant bloggers in Milton Keynes an elephant. We never knew this would involve conversations about getting public liability insurance for £10 million!”

Mrs Barrow will complete her leg of the epic relay on February 6, joined by her husband Bruce, Mrs Briggs, a 32-year-old marketing executive from Elvetham Heath in Fleet, and two other blogging friends, Ivan Akinin from Bishopstoke and businesswoman Charly Dove, from Guildford.

They will cover 20 miles from Fleet to Wokingham via Farnborough and Crowthorne by walking, using buses and microscooters in an effort to raise the £500 target for their leg.

Their aim is to get to Wokingham by midday where they will hand over the baton at Luckley House School before it is taken on to Reading later in the afternoon by another group of bloggers on bikes.

To sponsor the team visit their website .

 

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