Coast To Coast Run

Running to the Sun
Coast to Coast Run In Aid of Sunbeams

At least it felt like that to the 6 gallant runners who undertook the mammoth task of running in 24 hours from Newcastle to Whitehaven to raise funds for Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music.

On Friday 12 July Will Mawson, James Gilbert, Paul Seager, Steven Fox, Steven McGrady and Barrie Mackenzie set out on this record breaking attempt? That day was one of the hottest days of the year and the effort of running was looking impossible. But not to this band of brothers! The support vehicles manned by Rebecca Seager and Annie Mawson supplied unending water, refreshments, and wet towels.

Having battled all day in relentless heat and unending relays the lads finally arrived at Whitehaven Hospital completing the run in 19 hours. As far as we can find out this is a record and further more unique.

This stunning effort has to date raised over £7,000 and the donations are still coming in.

Any reasonable person would say that this heroic effort was enough, but not this team. They are already planning a run to collect a bottle of water from each of Cumbria’s lakes. There is a very fine line between bravery and fool-hardiness. We wait and see!        

Michael Lawson-Johnson

Director of Project Management and Evaluation




On Friday12th July, Architects Will Mawson and James Gilbert along with Paul Seager, Steven Fox, Steven McGrady and Barrie Mackenzie will attempt to run from North Shields to Whitehaven between Dawn and Dusk to raise money for Sunbeams Music Trust.

The distance is approximately 130 miles, between them none of the runners have ever completed a marathon distance but will each be doing so in relay to complete the challenge.

This is all being done for the Sunbeams Music Trust who bring the therapeutic use of
Community Music to people of all ages with a wide variety of special needs including Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy and Down's Syndrome. They currently deliver their unique therapy to around 1,800 people across the north of England in hospitals and any space available and are fund raising to build a purpose designed centre located on land generously donated overlooking the Lake District.

We would welcome any donations to help the work of Sunbeams Music Trust at the below Just Giving site:

Or by simply texting: SUNB99 and an amount to 70070

On Saturday 13 th July there will be a fundraising event and party to celebrate the arrival of the 6 runners at Whitehaven Rugby Union Club, starting at 14.30pm. Come and enjoy the BBQ, live music, auction, raffle and star
board - all for just £10 per person. E-mail for more information.

Thank you – Will, James, Paul, Steven, Steven & Barrie



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