Marathons in May – Race to £1 million

Five marathons in five days along the Grand Union Canal Towpath to raise fund for the Fine & Country Foundation.

On 16 May 2024, Jon Cooke, CEO of, Sean Newman of Fine & Country Midlands and Craig Dyce, current age group World and European Duathlon Champion, will lace up their running shoes to embark on an incredible journey along the Grand Union Canal Towpath. The route spans 154 miles, beginning at Gas Street Basin in Birmingham, winding through the picturesque countryside of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, and the Chilterns, before concluding their epic run at Fine & Country’s Park Lane office in London.

The trio will cover approximately 34 miles per day over the course of five days, with an expected finish date of 20/21 May 2024, depending on their progress. While Cooke and Dyce plan to run the route, Newman will be walking. They extend an open invitation to anyone who wishes to join them on a leg of the route, encouraging participation and camaraderie along the way. People are welcome to join, opting to either walk, run, or bike a section of the route. For those unable to join in person, they can still show their support by offering words of encouragement and making donations.

The primary purpose of this extraordinary undertaking is to raise funds for the Fine & Country Foundation, an organisation established in 2014 by Malcolm Lindley and Sean Newman. Dedicated to assisting those facing poverty and homelessness, the Foundation annually distributes grants to numerous charitable organisations, utilising funds from the Fine & Country network and public donations. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over £940,000. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Cooke and Newman aim to help reach the £1 million milestone with this fundraising effort.

Commenting on the initiative, Cooke, who is also the Trustee of the Foundation, stated, “Running and walking the length of the Grand Union Canal Towpath is not only a physical challenge but also an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We’re honoured to support the Fine & Country Foundation’s vital work and are committed to reaching our fundraising goal.”

Newman added, “The Foundation’s mission resonates deeply with both Jon and I. As we embark on this journey, we invite individuals and communities to join us in our efforts to raise awareness and funds for those experiencing hardship.”

To support Jon Cooke, Sean Newman and Craig Dyce on their charity run/walk and contribute to the Fine & Country Foundation’s mission, donations can be made through the official fundraising page

Join the trio as they run and walk for a cause, spreading hope and making strides towards a brighter future for those in need.

To find out more about the Fine & Country Foundation visit