Trio set for 24-hour challenge in Oakley’s memory

Dave Waterman and Lee Waterman. Picture: Mick Young
Dave Waterman and Lee Waterman. Picture: Mick Young
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A TRIO of runners are gearing up for a gruelling endurance challenge in aid of the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

Former Pompey defender Dave Waterman is being joined by brother Lee and Gavin Jones for a phenomenal 24-hour test of endurance running.

We won’t quit, though, because it’s for Oakley.

Gavin Jones

All three are set to take on the Spitfire Challenge in London tomorrow to raise funds for the charity.

The foundation is in memory of Waterman’s son, who died of a rare form of cancer in 2005.

Nearly all of the entries taking on the race will be running in relays.

But the trio are incredibly going to tackle the event in unison, in a huge test of their stamina.

They are expecting to clock up at least 100 miles together across an event which is going to push their resolve to the limit.

Despite training well for the task, Jones admitted there was little the team could to prepare them for what they will face.

He is sure the thought of who they are running for will pull them through their most challenging moments.

Jones said: ‘It’s going to be hard but we’re excited about it.

‘We’ve been training at 1am and 3am in the morning to try to get our bodies used to it. It’s a killer.

‘None of us have done anything like it.

‘Dave rang me, said it was a bit silly but they are doing it and asked me at the back end of last year.

‘I thought it would blow over but after a charity boxing show we held in March they booked it.

‘From then I stopped drinking and trained.

‘I think you could do all the running in the world but your body is never going to be ready for running for 24 hours.

‘We won’t quit, though, because it’s for Oakley. We will drag each other through it.

‘I couldn’t ask to do it with two better people.’

The Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation funds two caravan sites – in Pagham and Exeter.

Jones said: ‘There are a lot of different events that everyone does to raise funds for the foundation.

‘It was Oakley’s wish to help people like him.

‘These funds are important in maintaining the holiday homes.’

To support the 24-hour challenge visit justgiving.com/gavin-jones2015/
– JORDAN CROSS