Foden's start running to Palanga!

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 5 March 2019


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Foden's Band are in the process of raising the £20,000 that it will cost to get the band 1207 miles to Palanga, Lithuania where they will represent England at the 2020 European Brass Band Championships.

In order to help raise the funds, band members have taken it upon themselves to try and cover the distance (there and back) on foot - 2414 miles between now and May 2020.

The challenge began in earnest on 2nd February 2019, whilst performing in Armagh, Northern Ireland, Mark Bousie, Ian Raisbeck & Robin Basu took part in the weekly Armagh Parkrun - each completing the 5km (3.1 miles).

This will be continued in many forms; some band members running marathons, some shorter distances and we might even encourage some of the less active band members to take part in a short jog!

During February, 4 band members covered an impressive 260 miles across 67 different runs. For Mike Warriner, there are multiple goals to strive for as he is currently training for the London Marathon. Mike's training efforts have added 82 miles so far and will be sure to keep the miles ticking towards Palanga for our challenge.

This has taken our journey beyond the English coastline and given us an impressive start...

Each month you can check back to see how we are doing with our challenge to cover the ground. We hope that you will enjoy reading about our progress and might feel that our efforts inspire you to donate towards our goal.

If this does appeal to you, donations can be made at

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