Leeds First Direct Arena news: Tony Watson talks about their epic Castle24 challenge...

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This weekend, the Leeds First Direct Arena management team took part in a challenge to raise funds for homeless charity, Simon on the Streets.

The idea was to visit 24 castles in 24 hours.

Tony Watson, marketing manager, said: “We started at dawn at Bamburgh and during 24 hours covered a thousand miles taking in the mountains of Scotland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Wales and then back up the east side of the country, finishing in York. We thought it would be tough and so it proved to be.

“The weather was atrocious, roads were closed due to snow or wind or flooding and the motorways didn’t help with unannounced road works. We never got more than 11 minutes ahead. Some wonderful moments on the trip included ploughing through the receding tide on the causeway to Holy Island, random people meeting us along the way who’d heard about the trip on social media and the team at Caldicot Castle who opened their gates at 00:30. We finished at Clifford’s Tower, York, eleven minutes ahead of schedule. We’ve raised over £1,350 beating our target of £1,000. You can watch a video of our trip here www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKcoBM7jbyg and can donate at www.justgiving.com/Castle24