We came to know the word “marathon” as its used today because of the Greek legend in which a messenger ran 22-miles from Marathon (in Greece) to Athens to report news. Richard Kirby will be completing a 12-hour solo darts marathon in May in order to raise money for Grangetown Netball Club and the Jenny Wallwork Foundation. So, I suppose the term doesn’t stretch too far from its origins as Richard will be completing the task in order to spread the news of sporting heroes and to raise money for their causes.
As Richard puts it: ‘yes, the event is me throwing darts on my own for 12-hours (except for a few games against the BDO world number one).’ Let’s be honest, this is no small feat. Any type of marathon is challenging, but one that requires such focus is certainly going to be testing.
I got to know Richard when he interviewed me in my position as a player for the Irish National Netball Squad. Other than being a genuine fan of sports, he’s a truly inspirational person – it only takes a quick glance at his website to see just how selfless he is in the work he’s done for others.
The money raised from the dartathon, which will take place in Middlesbrough on 14th May will be going to Grangetown Netball Club and the Jenny Wallwork Foundation. Grangetown are a Premier Netball Club. For Richard to be raising money for a sport which is not only a passion of mine, but also so close to my heart is certainly very touching - netball can only benefit from more recognition and funding (like women’s sport in general). The donations will also go to the Jenny Wallwork Foundation – Jenny is a former international badminton player who set up a charity to support people by offering them the opportunity to talk freely about mental illness.
Money will be raised through sponsorship and a sporting raffle/auction (my eyes are on the signed photo from England Netball player and defensive legend Eboni Beckford-Chambers) and the funds will be shared evenly between both the two organisations.
Having spoken to Richard, he describes himself as being honoured to be able to support such worthwhile causes. Truly humble; there’s no one more deserving of your support, so please make sure you get behind him by donating to his Just Giving page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/richardkirby or by attending the dartathon and seeing if you can get your hands on some sporting memorabilia (as well as cheering him on of course!).
It’s going to be tough, but if anyone can do it, Kirby can!