2,019 miles in 2019: Yachting Pages’ Niv Silberman joins Gary King in run for Surfers Against Sewage
Gary will be running an astonishing 2,019 miles in 2019, which will require him to run 5.53 miles every day, around the Mendip Hills in Somerset, joined by Niv on a number of these runs.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a grassroots movement working with communities to tackle pollution and protect the UK’s coastlines. Every year, over 30,000 people take part in beach cleans, its school education programmes and its campaigns petitioning for the government to do more to save the oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife of the UK.
Ocean plastic pollution is currently one of the biggest global threats, with current estimates showing that at least 8 million pieces of plastic are entering our oceans every single day. This type of pollution is extremely harmful for our environment; wildlife can become entangled in the plastic or mistake the litter for food.
With a family of beach lovers, who spend vast amounts of time in the sea, behind him, Gary’s motivation comes from the inspirational environmental work that Surfers Against Sewage is doing.
Statistics from Surfers Against Sewage state that we presently have 51 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic, weighing 269,000 tons, polluting our oceans. To put it in context, this equates to the weight of 1,345 fully-grown blue whales.
Gary has had to overcome some great challenges; dark 5:00am morning runs in the rain, snow and ice being amongst the most testing. He has also had to contend with a chest infection that has caused him to fall behind schedule, meaning Gary is now working twice as hard to catch up on all those lost miles.
Gary King refers to the challenge as his “coddiwomple run”.
Coddiwomple: “to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination”.
To donate, go to Gary’s JustGiving page.