Musician sets off running 177 miles in five days

Gaynor Sutcliffe, of The Swing Commanders
Gaynor Sutcliffe, of The Swing Commanders

An award-winning Clitheroe musician has started her gruelling endurance marathon today (Friday) to raise cash for charity.

And after the tough trek she will take to the stage in Clitheroe’s Catholic Club – The Parish Centre on Lowergate – on Thursday evening with a top line-up.

Violinist and multi-instrumentalist Gaynor Sutcliffe will run 177 miles in five days in aid of the Friends of Chernobyl Children.

She will run the notoriously undulating Offa’s Dyke, which follows the English-Welsh border from Prestatyn to Chepstow. She aims to run a gruelling 36 miles a day over five days with fellow musician Joy Hunter from Chorley, with Lancashire dialect specialist Sid Calderbank, of Euxton, driving the support vehicle.

The tough trek started in Prestatyn today (Friday) and finishes in Chepstow on Tuesday.

It will be followed on Thursday July 31st by a night of swing, ceilidh and good time music headlined by Gaynor’s band, the Western Valley Hot Club, with special guests Eric Ainsworth and Phil Knight, at the Parish Centre.

Gaynor, named Musician of the Year at the 2011 British Country Music Awards for her outstanding ability on violin, piano accordion, keyboard, double bass and trombone, is no newcomer to charity treks.

In 2013 she cycled 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising £1,500 for East Lancashire Hospice, and in 2012 raised £1,500 for the Friends of Chernobyl Children from a 70-mile sponsored walk of the Ribble Way.

The Friends of Chernobyl Children provides disadvantaged children from Chernobyl with holidays in the UK to isolate them from ongoing nuclear residue from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explosion.

Gaynor’s endurance marathon can be sponsored at

Alternatively, send a cheque made out to ‘Friends of Chernobyl Children’ to St James House, St James Street, Clitheroe, BB7 1HH.

Tickets for the ceilidh priced £8, which includes supper, are available on 01200 425629.