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Grant to Run 120 Miles in 40 Hours

Following the launch of their Outstanding Natural development project, the team at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are excited to announce their first fundraising event.

Grant Wilson, Manager at the Centre explains, “I am going to complete the 120-mile southern loop of the Shropshire Way, non-stop solo in under 40 hours! When the Shropshire Way Association told me about their exciting plans for the brand new route, I saw a brilliant opportunity to call upon all my years of experience in completing ultra-distance challenges to try to support a cause very close to my heart, the Outstanding Natural Development Project at the Centre.


We are trying to raise match funding whilst exploring funding options to create a wetland area and bird-hide in the Onny Meadows which will support a huge range of wildlife and allow local schoolchildren, visitors and conservationists to observe and learn about wetlands and the birds, plants and insects that make their homes there. We also want to add an Iron Age Hill Fort to the meadows, a regenerative growing project and a brand new café.


By completing this challenge, I aim to promote the new Shropshire Way route and raise funds for the project through sponsorship and donations from members of the public who want to support me.”


Amanda from the Shropshire Way Association: “The 120 miles of the southern loop of Shropshire's own long-distance footpath, the Shropshire Way, has recently been way marked with a new distinctive orange way mark featuring the familiar black buzzard, by a partnership of walking groups across the county with Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Recreation Team. Trustees of the Shropshire Way Association feel that there is no better way to showcase the beauty of the Shropshire Way in the south of the county than Grant’s inspirational challenge to run the entire southern route in one go. We would encourage everyone to come out and support Grant during his ultra run, to cheer him on, offer him sustenance and take photographs. It is going to be a wonderful journey.”


Those wanting to sponsor the run can do so by checking out the Centre’s website and social media pages where all details will be going up over the coming weeks.


Entry to the Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows is free but there is a charge for visitors to enjoy our Shropshire Hills Through Time exhibition and visit our mammoth. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers an extensive programme of family events, adult courses and a variety of activities for the whole family. The unique grass roofed building houses a replica of the famous mammoth skeleton found in Shropshire. The café serves delicious home-cooked food. Browse our extensive shop selling a range of quirky gifts. Every half term and school holiday we provide hands-on family activities.

For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website: www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk