Nuthall family takes on 100 lap challenge as special tribute to Captain Tom

An ambitious Nuthall family ran 100 laps of their local park in memory of a lockdown legend who inspired millions.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 11:53 am
Jay and Melanie Wright with their four-year-old twin girls Sophie and Jessica Wright.

Melanie and Jay Wright, along with their four-year-old twin daughters Sophie and Jessica Wright, teamed up to take on the Captain Tom 100 challenge.

The challenge was a tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore who won the nation’s heart after walking 100 lengths of his garden and raising more than £39million for the NHS during the pandemic.

Participants were urged to create a unique challenge based around the number 100 to raise money for the Captain Tom Foundation, which continues his legacy following his death earlier this year.

The Wright family ran 100 laps of Basil Russell Park.

The Wright family decided to push themselves and run 100 laps of Basil Russell Park on May 3.

Mum Melanie said: “It was a tribute to Tom’s 101st birthday and the incredible difference he made and continues to do so.

"He is a big inspiration to the girls.”

Between the four of them, they ran the 100 laps in two hours 36 minutes and covered a distance of almost 30 miles.

Four-year-old Sophie and Jessica Wright collecting donations.

Melanie said: “The girls alone did an incredible job, with Sophie doing 16 laps and Jessica doing 17, leaving mum and dad to pick up the remaining 67 laps.

"We took scooters in case they got tired and told them it was ok to walk if they needed to. But each and every lap they did was with determination and without moaning – we couldn't be more proud.”

The family raised a total of £558 through a JustGiving page and bucket donations on the day.

Melanie added: “It was a crazy challenge and would have been so much harder without all the support. We had friends to adjudicate, pop by the park to a run a lap, cheers us on and to bring cake.

"They were brilliant and kept us going even though the weather was unkind and it kept raining.

“Thank you to members of public for stopping to find out what we were doing and contributing on the day. We are all totally choked by all your incredible support and donations.”

The Captain Tom Foundation aims to combat loneliness, support people facing bereavement and champion education and equality, all while inspiring a new generation of Captain Toms.

You can still donate to the Wright family’s fundraising page here.