A Train Operator based at Harrow on the Hill on the Metropolitan line is taking part in an incredible 50-mile run for charity.
Jamie Davis will run to every station along the Met line to raise money for Dementia UK, a charity close to his heart. Jamie picked the Met line as he wanted to pick a challenge that was personal to him after his father-in-law was recently diagnosed with dementia.
Specific routes have been mapped out meaning Jamie will cover a total distance of 50 miles (80.6km) over four consecutive days starting from this Thursday (9 March) to Sunday (12 March).
That’s an amazing half marathon for three days! finishing with 10 miles (17km) on the fourth day. The magic of the Met line means Jamie will run cross-city through suburban areas to the big city lights, starting at Amersham station and ending four days later at Harrow on the Hill station – Jamie’s ‘home depot’ where he is based.
Initially, the fundraising target was set at £800 which was reached through friends and family who were all touched by the family’s story. The target was then moved to £2,023 (to match the year 2023) but never did Jamie think it would be reached again.
In a series of milestones, Jamie is celebrating 10 years as a Tube driver this year having started his training back in 2013 and has been based at Harrow-on-the-Hill depot on the Met line for half this time.
Jamie said: “I wanted to give back to those who offer help and support for families like mine having to go through this, so decided to raise money for Dementia UK. Without them, I don’t think my family would have the strength to remain positive during these times. I know it’s a tricky time for everyone at the moment but we’re just astonished by people’s generosity.
“I picked the Met line because it’s my favourite – although I am slightly biased! It’s mostly outside and has great views of the countryside before you get into the hustle and bustle of central London – it’s the best of both worlds. There is an open invitation for anyone who wants to join me for part of the run, so if anyone wants to say hello you know where I’ll be! My TfL colleagues, friends and family have already committed to joining me for parts of the run, and I’m hoping to cross the finishing line with my wife running by my side.”
For more information on the running route, please visit https://justgiving.com/fundraising/metlinechallenge