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I recently announced that my next challenge would be called ‘The 12 Days of Christmas.’ I’ll be running 60 miles over the 12 days to raise money for Percy Hedley. My schedule over the 12 days is now finalised and you can find all the information below. I’ve also added the approximate mileage and  supporting runners next to each day.


The first 11 days will be run from my home on Newton Hall with the final day being run to my home. Exact starting times of all my runs are below and I hope to see you there!


If you would like to help run a few miles, please email me at: or catch me on Twitter @FatherFitness. If you can’t run, please support this challenge by making a donation here.



1st Day – A Partridge In A Pear Tree

Date – Tuesday 25th December 2012 (Christmas Day)
Start Time – 23:30pm on Christmas Eve
Location - Pear Tree Lodge, Witton Gilbert
Mileage – 4.2 Miles
Supporting Runners – Peter Cottle and John Donnison


2nd Day - 2 Turtle Doves

Date – Wednesday 26th December 2012 (Boxing Day)
Start Time - 9:00am
Location – Dove Cote at Broom House Farm, Witton Gilbert
Mileage - 6.1 Miles
Supporting Runner – Stephen Mordue


3rd Day – 3 French Hens

Date – Thursday 27th December 2012
Start Time – 9:00am
Location - Pets Corner, Saltwell Park
Mileage – 3.1 Miles
Supporting Runners – Ross Anderson, Val Baxter, Mick Hancock, Paul Smith and Martin Cottle


4th Day - 4 Colly Birds

Date – Friday 28th December 2012
Start Time - 9:00am
Location – Bird Sanctuary at Botanic Gardens, Durham
Mileage – 4.1 Miles
Supporting Runners – Martin Cottle, Peter Cottle, John Donnison, Lee Nyland, Paul Smith, Brian Ford and Stephen Mordue


5th Day - 5 Gold Rings

Date – Saturday 29th December 2012
Start Time – 8:00am
Location – Ramsdens Jewellers, Chester-le-Street
Mileage – 5.1 Miles
Supporting Runners – Lee Nyland


6th Day - 6 Geese-a-Laying

Date – Sunday 30th December 2012
Start Time – 9:00am
Location - Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street
Mileage - 6.2 Miles
Supporting Runners – Peter Cottle, John Donnison, Ross Anderson, Gerard Murray, Paul Smith, Gareth Rees, Emma Brown, Davey Mills, Debbie Dorans, Gillian Lough, Kate Donnachie, June Alexander and Juliet Robinson


7th Day - 7 Swans-a-Swimming

Date – Monday 31st December 2012
Start Time – 11:30am
Location - The Swan and Three Cygnets, Durham (for a pint!)
Mileage - 2.5 Miles
Supporting Runners – Peter Cottle, John Donnison, Paul Smith and Ross Anderson


8th Day - 8 Maids-a-Milking

Date – Tuesday 1st January 2013
Start Time – 9:00am
Location - Lanchester Dairies
Mileage - 9.5 Miles
Supporting Runners – Stephen Mordue, Val Baxter, Paul Smith and Ross Anderson


9th Day - 9 Ladies Dancing

Date – Wednesday 2nd January 2013
Start Time – 9:00am
Location - Studio 12, Langley Moor
Mileage - 3.9 Miles
Supporting Runners – Martin Cottle and Paul Smith


10th Day - 10 Lords Leaping

Date – Thursday 3rd January 2013
Start Time – 9:00am
Location - Lord Hire Centre, Durham (and back)
Mileage - 7 Miles
Supporting Runners – Martin Cottle


11th Day - 11 Pipers Piping

Date – Friday 4th January 2013
Start Time – 9:00am
Location - Pipe Stall in Durham Market
Mileage - 2.5 Miles
Supporting Runners – Chris Miller, Ross Anderson and Val Baxter


12th Day - 12 Drummers Drumming

Date – Saturday 5th January 2013
Start Time – 9:00am
Location - Drum Industrial Estate, Chester-le-Street
Mileage - 6.6 Miles
Supporting Runners – Martin Cottle, John Donnison, Peter Cottle, Stephen Mordue, Chris Miller and Ross Anderson


Thanks again for the support!


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.


  1. The run up to Lanchester Dairies will be a killer! Not just because of the mileage but for all the hill running you’ll need to do too. Good luck Paul!

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