DUHC are going up... and down the country
(14 May 2020)
To celebrate the promotion of Durham University Hockey Club’s Men's 1st team to the Men's Premier Division for the first time ever, a group of graduating students are covering the distance the team will have to travel for its away games next season - a mere 5296 miles.
These thirteen leavers will be running or cycling the distance from Durham University Sports and Wellbeing Park to the grounds of each opponent and back, which will include seven trips to London and a huge expedition to Exeter.
Less than a week into the challenge, the reception they have received so far has been absolutely phenomenal and has genuinely stunned the group. An incredible £1,477 has been raised in this short time period so they are well on their way to reaching the £2,000 target, which will likely have to be revised in light of the superb generosity displayed by the alumni, family members, current players and affiliates of the club. The men have tried to match the enthusiasm of their supporters and managed to cover over 300 miles in the first three days, despite this challenge taking place in the midst of exam season.
They have already ticked off the first of ten virtual away ‘fixtures’, with the group covering the distance to Beeston HC in Nottingham on the first day of the challenge, with five of the men covering 149 miles between them. They have returned to Durham and are back on the road down towards Brooklands MU in Manchester. While progress has been quite substantial so far, after this, the next nearest ‘fixture’ is Hampstead & Westminster HC in the centre of London, so any support would be greatly appreciated as they travel up and down the length of the country a further eight times.
The challenge, proposed by Alex Holmes, which intends to raise money for both the club and NHS, could not have recieved a more positive response from the graduating students. All of the leavers instantly wanted to get involved despite two of the group, Ollie Payne and Jack Turner, taking part whilst still following an intense fitness programme prescribed by England Hockey due to their international commitments.
The immediate willingness to devote such effort and commitment to giving something back to DUHC is truly a testament to how much the club means to this group of leavers. DUHC has undoubtedly formed an immense part of their university experience.
Alex Holmes said, "While we are sad to be parting ways, with the exception of a few soon-to-be Masters students, this challenge offers one last collective effort for this group of best friends to complete before our wonderful time at Durham together comes to an end."
He went on, "All the donations we receive are being split equally between raising money for DUHC to continue to strive for further success and for the NHS Charities Together fund to give back to the incredible people who do so much for us all, especially in light of the current situation whereby their bravery and dedication could not be more pronounced!"
The group are incredibly grateful for all of the donations they have received so far. If anybody else would like to donate any amount, no matter the size, please use the following link: