Is Norwich charity challenge the shortest ever sponsored run?

Asthma International's Gary Dexter, front and supporters who are planning to hold the world's shorte

Asthma International's Gary Dexter, front and supporters who are planning to hold the world's shortest ever sponsored run, over a distance of 45 yards around the bandstand in Chapelfield Park. Photo :Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Most fundraising sporting events tend to be demanding endeavours, requiring plenty of preparation and an immense amount of exertion.

But a charity challenge being set up in Norwich has overturned this familiar format.

Organisers are planning what they believe will be the shortest-ever sponsored run. The event will take place over a distance of just 45 yards and will comprise just a single lap of the bandstand in the city's Chapelfield Park.

The task should be complete within about six seconds for the fastest and people are being invited to sponsor the participants per yard.

The 'Sponsored Wheeze' is being organised by Asthma International, which supplies inhalers to children overseas with the condition.


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The charity is based in Alexandra Road, off Earlham Road in Norwich, and was founded last year by Gary Dexter, who is a journalist and author, and Martyn Partridge, professor of respiratory medicine at Imperial College London.

So far they have raised a total of £5,000 towards a target of £15,000 for the pilot project in Vietnam, which will treat 100 children over a period of six years, enabling them to attend school, play sports and have a normal life.

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Mr Dexter said: 'I think most people will do the run in a kind of 'slow lope' but the quickest could do in about five or six seconds. Asthma is a serious matter and is responsible for a quarter of a million deaths worldwide every year, but this is just a bit of fun.'

The date of the event is yet to be confirmed but it is due to take place in January 2015.

Prospective runners can contact Gary Dexter at gdexter@ntlworld.com. Asthma International is also currently looking for volunteers. If you're interested in helping out also contact Mr Dexter.

Can you beat this as a way of raising money? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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