This challenge was largely the result of my interest in the history of my local parish church, named after the esteemed Saint Martin of Tours (c. 316 – 397 A.D). After researching other churches dedicated to the same Saint, I decided that it would be a great idea to try to link them together in some way, whilst raising money for a couple of causes that Saint Martin himself, a great champion of the poor and imprisoned, would have appreciated greatly: The Prisoners' Education Trust, a charity supporting the rehabilitation and education of some of the poorest and most under-privileged prisoners, and The Myosotis Trust in Barlad, Eastern Romania.
Symbolically, I decided that Easter was the perfect time to complete such a challenge and when I discovered that a St Martin’s Church existed in Canterbury, opposite where I used to lecture at Canterbury Christ Church University some years ago, it seemed it was meant to be. I could think of no other place more apt at which to arrive than Canterbury, the spiritual home of British Christianity since the 6th Century.
My running challenge commenced on Friday 23rd March, from St Martin’s Church, Ruislip and ended up, eight days later, on Good Friday, at St Martin’s Church, Canterbury. En route I passed by (and stopped at) Churches dedicated to St Martin at Trafalgar Square in London; Chelsfield, Eynsford and Detling in Kent. The total distance covered was over 100 miles and we exceeded the target of £10,000. Huge thanks to all of you who supported, financially, morally and practically!