Mark Smith of the River Of Life Church Dumfries Said to DGWGO This evening “We were hosting the team of four on Monday evening, as they departed by vehicle from the route, leaving at Beattock and returning to the same spot this morning. Tomorrow (Wednesday) they will be moving from Lockerbie to Carlisle, via Gretna Green, where I hope to catch up with them again.”

• Marathon runner, Dave Hall, on epic 40 day, 40 marathon back-to-back challenge to provide 40 new homes with Home Leone
• Show your support for Dave as he runs through Dumfries and Galloway  followed by his sleeping shack!

1 a 1 a mark 3This summer, 50 year old Chartered Accountant Dave Hall is running 40 marathons back-to-back from John O’Groats TO LAND‘S END, sleeping each night in a shack that should be in a slum in Sierra Leone.  Dave is currently running through Dumfries and galloway and staying the night in the shack at several locations in the region , you may of spotted him already .

Dave Hall is the Man in a Shack and he is taking on this extreme endurance challenge to raise funds for the new charity Home Leone; started by NIGEL HYDE, THE FOUNDER OF established GLOBAL CHARITY, Mission Direct, which has already provided homes, schools, wells and other vital infrastructure to MANY  African communities. The aim is to raise enough money to build 40 new homes in Sierra Leone and change the lives of 40 families who currently live in abject poverty in the Freetown slums.
Having taken up running in 1999, Dave has since completed 130 marathons, including 6 ultra-marathons, and has is successfully completed the London marathon 11 times. Following a visit to Sierra Leone in June, Dave was moved to USE HIS PASSION FOR RUNNING TO do something to try to relieve the poverty that he witnessed while visiting the villages.
Dave began his challenge at John O’Groats on 18th August and plans to cross the finish line at Land’s End on 26th September. A replica of a slum-town shack will be driven along the route with Dave and this is where he will sleep each night.
Dave said: “I’m looking forward to getting started and I know the challenge that faces me is incredibly tough. [However], My visit to Sierra Leone has inspired me to do something positive and with the help of the team at Home Leone, we’ve developed this challenge to help raise awareness of the families suffering extreme poverty and more importantly raise much needed funds for the cause of what is happening in the country.
“I’m looking forward to visiting Dumfries and Galloway  and I hope to educate THOSE I MEET as to why I’m doing this and inspire people to donate to the worthy and immediate cause. I welcome the town to show their support by visiting one of my overnight stops or running alongside me part of the way – anything to give me added boosts will be greatly appreciated.”

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Nigel Hyde, Chief Executive of Home Leone, added: “With the world’s deadliest outbreak of the Ebola virus taking place in Western Africa as we speak with over 1,000 victims already, it’s more important than ever for new homes to be built to enable clean and [comfortable] HEALTHY living.
“We’re overwhelmed that Dave has agreed to take on his challenge on behalf of the charity and wish him all the very best along the way. I’m sure the support of the British public will spur him on and essential funds are raised to help those who need it.”
Dave’s progress can be followed here www.maninashack.com and donations can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/davehall
Dave is on Twitter @dave404040 and on Facebook.com/ManinaShack Challenge.

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