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Nine-time Super League champion Jamie Peacock is once again supporting the charity Greenhouse Sports with an ultra-marathon route through London in April; During last year’s 52-mile run, the former Great Britain and England international raised more than £60,000

Last updated: 19/01/22 15:28


Jamie Peacock once again supports Greenhouse Sports charity with an ultra-marathon route through London

Jamie Peacock is back on his running shoes for another epic ultramarathon challenge, where he will 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 teams during his spells with Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos, has teamed up with sports agency founder Simon Dent in a bid to support the charity Greenhouse Sports after the pair broke up. £60,000 had been raised in a 52-mile run through the streets of London last year.

Peacock’s 2022 Challenge, taking place on April 16, will see them travel nearly double that distance around the capital and come with the Greenhouse’s center in Marylebone temporarily closed due to safety concerns with the roof of the 17th-century former church.

“While this challenge is daunting, we’re twice as tall as last year, but we’re committed to raising money for the kids and helping Greenhouse’s headquarters get back on their feet,” Peacock said at the launch of this challenge, called ‘Run for the roof’.

“I have visited the center before and seen the coaches in action – the programs have a huge positive impact on young people and help them avoid anti-social behaviour.

“On our journey through the capital we pass some iconic landmarks and pass some of the schools Greenhouse supports in 17 London boroughs, which was great to experience last year and see the amazing young people Greenhouse supports.”

On the route for this year’s run, the former international Peacock and Dent from Great Britain and England will complete a 100-mile double loop around London, which will start and end at the Greenhouse Center and check in at some of the 40 schools in the capital that support charitable coaches.

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

Jamie Peacock on his upcoming 100-mile run

Greenhouse is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has spent the past two decades using a combination of mentorship and sports to help youth living in poverty reach their full potential, both in school and afterwards at work.

Their currently closed London base provides a safe space that also offers underprivileged children free sports coaching and community activities and Greenhouse Sports CEO Beatrice Butsana-Sita is grateful for the support Peacock and Dent will provide again in 2022.

“We are honored that Jamie and Simon have chosen to support Greenhouse Sports for the second year in a row, especially as our center had to close due to our 20th anniversary year,” said Butsana-Sita.

“This year will undoubtedly be another challenging year for charities as the lingering impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt and millions of children suffer from poverty and learning disabilities.

“We are truly grateful that Jamie and Simon are behind us and with an even more ambitious ultramarathon challenge.

“It is still a long way before we can reopen our doors, but we are hopeful that 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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