Norwich pastor to run seven marathons in seven days
In April SOUL Church Senior Pastor Jon Norman and Norwich City Chaplain Lewis Blois plan to run seven marathons in seven days to raise money for SOUL Church’s new facilities on Heartsease Lane in Norwich.
On Sunday, January 27 SOUL Church Senior Pastor Jon Norman and former Norwich City footballer Lewis Blois launched a fundraising challenge to raise £1million towards a new building and community facility on Norwich's Heartsease Lane, which will be the new home of SOUL Church and the SOUL Foundation.
The Soul 7in7 challenge will see the two Norwich City FC Chaplains run seven marathons in seven days starting on Easter Monday with a fun run along the Marriot’s Way, a 26-mile footpath between Aylsham and Norwich.
Jon Norman called the venture: ‘the biggest challenge of my life so far’ and encouraged people to get involved and support them by running alongside them or cheering them along the way.
Throughout the week of April 22-28 the duo will run a total of 128 miles in a variety of 26-mile routes across Norwich and Norfolk including loops of Norwich’s Outer Ring Road, a run from Cromer to Sea Palling and five times from SOUL Church’s current location on Mason Road to the Heartsease Lane site.
Jon said: “We would love to see as many of you create your own seven in seven challenge which helps to raise funds towards the £1m target set.”
Rt Rev Graham James, former Bishop of Norwich, voiced his support saying: “SOUL Church has done wonderful work on its present restricted site but the call to return to Heartsease is clear. The imaginative plans for the new church building have been grounded in prayer and the knowledge that God is doing great things in Norwich. That’s why I am so glad to support this appeal and to pray God’s blessing on all Soul Church seeks to do.”
Watch the Soul 7in7 launch video below.
You can keep updated with the challenge on social media by searching #soul7in7.
Photo: Jon Norman (2nd left) and Lewis Blois (3rd from left) launch the Soul 7in7 challenge at SOUL Church.