Harrogate marathon man raises over £1,000 in Easter treadmill fundraiser

18 April 2012

Treadmill-ChallengeLocal Businessman Nick Lawson took to the treadmill during the Easter weekend to raise money for close friend Shannon Davis.

Over two days Nick and his team of supporters set up a treadmill and exercise bikes in Harrogate’s Waitrose store and outside Pitcher & Piano in John Street raising over £1,250 in eight hours. They ran and cycled a total of 200 miles. And as if this wasn’t enough, the following day Nick completed the Hull marathon in just three hours and 51 minutes.

Nick has set himself the challenge of running the 190 mile Coast to Coast route in just four days in May this year to raise money for Shannon. Joining him on the four day challenge are friends Andy Gibbon and John Hartley who will be cycling the route alongside him and acting as a support crew.

American born Shannon is undertaking further stem cell treatment in India after being paralysed following a near fatal car crash in 2007. In 2010 Nick ran four marathons in three weeks to raise money for Shannon’s second trip to India where she took her first steps since the accident.

Nick Lawson said:

I have raised over £3,300 so far in fundraising for the Coast to Coast challenge. It’s a great achievement and brings me that much closer to hitting our target of £10,000. I have received phenomenal support from everyone so far and am now well on my way to raising enough money for Shannon to continue receiving the treatment in India.

Keep up to date on Nick’s progress by ‘liking’ his Facebook page To donate money and sponsor Nick please visit and for more information on Shannon’s story please visit

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