Ian Stringer and Nick Hodges take on 5 In 5 Continent Run
Nick Hodges, Bodie Hodges Foundation founder, and Ian Stringer, BBC sports presenter, are taking on a huge challenge in 2021! This challenge will be called the 5 in 5 Continent Run. Whereby the pair will be running 5 marathons, on 5 continents in 5 days.
Sounds crazy right?!
That’s what we thought too! Ian Stringer has been a skip hire customer of Bakers Waste for many years, but in 2020 he came to us with one of our strangest requests yet…he asked for a bin, full of ice…you can’t blame us for wanting to find out more! Ian explained the bin would aid his training program for a fundraising event, 5 in 5 Continent Run; raising money for Bodie Hodges Foundation and Leicester City’s Vichai Foundation.
Check out our video of Ian and Nick Hodges jumping into our ice bins! The video also goes on to explain who they are, more about the event itself and how Bakers Waste is supporting the 5 in 5 Continent Run.
Track the 5 in 5 Continent Run Journey
Running 5 marathons in 5 days is no mean feat and isn’t something you can achieve overnight. It takes months, even years of training! This is why, throughout the 5 in 5 Continent Run, we will be following and reporting on Ian and Nick’s journey. Click below to see a roadmap of their journey from continent to continent. Soon we will be adding information on their training program, be sure to check back for regular updates.
About the Continents, Ian and Nick will be Traversing
South Asia – Bangkok
The pair will begin the event by traveling all the way to Asia to the city of Bangkok. Thailand’s capital is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. When Ian and Nick are running through Bangkok, they can expect heats of up to 35 degrees and over generally flat terrain. (Google)
Australia – Sydney
The second leg of this challenge will be held in Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, which is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. During the run, Nick and Ian can expect temperatures of 20-30 degrees! This will be a challenge for the pair, however, with the terrain being mostly flat it could be nice to run on. (Google)
Chile – Santiago
The 3rd leg of the 5 Continent Run will be held in Santiago. Chile’s capital and the largest city sat in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. Plaza de Armas, the grand heart of the city’s old colonial core, is home to 2 neoclassical landmarks. The 1808 Palacio de la Real Audiencia, housing the National History Museum, and the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral. When Ian and Nick are traversing Santiago, they can expect up to 35-degree weather! This could prove a real challenge for the pair but we wish them the best of luck! 🙂 (Google)
USA – New York
The 4th leg of this race will be held in New York City; comprising of 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centres. The flat terrain of this city will make this one of the easier places to traverse, although with it being number 4/5, you can imagine that Ian and Nick could be getting tired by now! (Google)
England – Leicester
Finally, the last leg of the run will be held in Leicester. Leicester is a city within England’s East Midlands region. Leicester Cathedral, where Richard III was reinterred in 2015, has stood at the city’s heart for over 900 years. Close by, the King Richard III Visitor Centre tells the story of the king’s life and death and displays his original burial site. This city in the midlands of the UK will be the final stop of this challenge and will conclude the 5 in 5 Continent run. I’m sure Ian and Nick will be extremely relieved it’s over at this point! We will be supporting them the entire way! (Google)
Bodie Hodges Foundation
Nick Hodges founded Bodie Hodges Foundation following the tragic death of a 10-month-old-son, Bodie Hodges. Feeling the pain of losing a child first hand, Nick and his family decided to turn something negative into a positive, by supporting other families who are experiencing that same hurt.
Bodie Hodges Foundation was formed in 2012 and supports families in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland. Offering child bereavement services such as a chat with a bereavement practitioner, support in your home or a safe place such as a café, memory making, creative sessions, Bodie’s Boathouse, grief resources, memory bags, organ donation, and much more. You can find more information on all of this by clicking here.
Bakers Waste in Support of the 5 In 5 Continent Run
Everybody at Bakers Waste is extremely proud to be sponsoring Nick and Ian’s 5 In 5 Continent Run event. Both the Bodie Hodges Foundation and LCFC’s Vichai Foundation do fantastic things year in year out for our shared community and we can’t wait to be apart of that.
Bakers Waste has sponsored the first leg of this challenge in South Asia, Bangkok, with the donation coming to £2,500 to support Ian and Nick on their first marathon. What’s more, is we will be promoting the event throughout 2021 by following their journey as mentioned; stay updated by following us on social media, we have more exciting news to share soon with Bodie Hodges Foundation!