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Nine-time Super League champion Jamie Peacock is backing the Greenhouse Sports charity again with an ultramarathon run around London in April; Last year’s 52-mile race saw the former Great Britain and England international raise more than £60,000

Last update: 01/19/22 15:28

Jamie Peacock is backing the Greenhouse Sports charity again with an ultramarathon run around London

Jamie Peacock is donning his running shoes again for another epic ultramarathon challenge which will see him run 100 miles in April to raise money for a charity in need.

The rugby league icon, who was part of nine Super League Grand Final-winning squads during his spells with Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos, is teaming up with sports agency founder Simon Dent in a bid to to support the Greenhouse Sports charity after the pair raised £60,000 with a 52-mile run through the streets of London last year.

The 2022 Peacock Challenge, which takes place on April 16, will see them cover nearly double that distance around the capital and comes with the temporary closure of the Greenhouse center in Marylebone due to safety concerns with the roof of the old 17th century church.

“Even though this challenge is daunting, twice as long as we did last year, we are determined to raise funds for children and help Greenhouse Headquarters get back on its feet,” said said Peacock as he launched the challenge, dubbed “Run.” for the roof.

“I’ve visited the center before and seen the coaches in action – the programs have a massive positive impact on young people and help them stay away from anti-social behaviour.

“During our journey through the capital we will pass iconic landmarks and some of the Greenhouse supported schools in 17 London boroughs which was great to experience last year and see the amazing young people supported by Greenhouse. “

The route for this year’s race will see former UK and England international Peacock and Dent complete a 100-mile double loop around London, starting and ending at the Greenhouse Center and checking in at a number of the 40 schools in the capital. that charity support coaches.

Even though this challenge is daunting, twice as long as last year, we are determined to raise funds for the children and help the Greenhouse head office get back on its feet.

Jamie Peacock on his next 100 mile run

Greenhouse also celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and for the past two decades has used a combination of mentorship and sport to help young people living in poverty reach their full potential, both in school and then on the work market.

Their currently closed London base provides a safe space offering free sports coaching and community activities to disadvantaged children as well and Greenhouse Sports CEO Beatrice Butsana-Sita is grateful for the support from Peacock and Dent again in 2022.

“We are honored that Jamie and Simon have chosen to support Greenhouse Sports for a second consecutive year, especially as our center was forced to close on our 20th anniversary,” Butsana-Sita said.

“This year will no doubt be another challenging year for charities as the continued impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt and millions of children suffer from poverty and learning loss.

“We are truly grateful to have the efforts of Jamie and Simon behind us and with an even bigger ultramarathon challenge.

“It’s a long road before we can reopen our doors, but we hope this fundraiser will help raise awareness and support all of our coaches to make a difference in the lives of more children.”

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