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165 grounds in 165 hours for Groundhop Week

Four Northampton Town fans are embarking on a journey which will see them visit 165 football grounds in 165 hours this week.

They have named their challenge ‘Groundhop Week’. The ‘Groundhoppers’ are Ben, Andy, Aaron and Mazza, and they are not just embarking on this crazy-sounding challenge for the fun of it, but to raise funds for two worthwhile charities, Parkinson’s UK and Cancer Research UK, two charities which are close to their hearts as they have loved ones who have sadly been affected by both illnesses.

Starting at their beloved Sixfields on Saturday, October 8, they will clock up about 4,000 miles on the road over the course of the week. They will take in each of the 92 Premier and Football League grounds on their way, as well as 73 non-league grounds, ending at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium on October 15.

The lads are all huge football fans and have wanted to do a football-related challenge for some time. They follow the Cobblers home and away, and although they have visited a large number of grounds on the trips to watch their side, they haven’t yet done ‘the 92’.

Speaking to Ben, he explained, “We are looking forward to visiting the big stadia, many of which we haven’t visited before. But we’re more excited about visiting some of the non-league grounds which we’re planning to visit, and I think we might meet some great characters on the trip.”

One ground in particular he is hoping to find out a lot more about, Lancaster City’s Giant Axe. “I hope we can find out how it got it’s rather unusual name”, he told me.

At each ground, they are hoping to have a photo on the pitch. That won’t be possible at some of them, as it will be the middle of the night when they arrive at certain grounds so there won’t be anybody there to let them in. But they’ll have a photo taken outside in that instance as proof of their visit.

They will be keeping everybody informed of their progress via their twitter feed at http://twitter.com/groundhopweek where they will also post all of the photos from their journey.

If you would like to find out more about the lads and the challenge they have set themselves, you can visit their website at www.groundhopweek.com where you will also find a link to their donation page.

By Paul Harper 



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