Join us in slowing down on #BeMoreSnail Day, Friday 19th October, and sponsor Fatboy Slow’s ‘Snail’s Pace Marathon’ to raise vital funds for Martlets.

Text SLOW18 £5 to 70070 to give £5

1 Day, 26 Miles, 50 Snails… Legendary DJ and Martlets’ Ambassador, Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim, will be swapping his usual moniker for one day only to mark Martlets’ inaugural #BeMoreSnail Day, part of our Snailspace event, raising essential funds for Martlets Hospice.  On Friday 19th October Norman will walk, rather than run, a marathon around all 50 of the Snailway’s mighty molluscs, which are currently dotted around Brighton and Hove.

In this fast-paced city it’s often hard to remember to slow down and appreciate the things in life that make us smile. On #BeMoreSnail Day we invite you to take the slow lane and reflect in a way that’s personal to you – perhaps try a ‘digital detox’, spend time in nature, practise mindfulness, or enjoy quality time with friends and family. It’s a philosophy that resonates with the work we do at Martlets. Our life-changing hospice care helps people do the things they love with the time they have.

It was whilst thinking about what #BeMoreSnail meant to him that the idea for Norm’s ‘Snail’s Pace Marathon’ was born.

“I was thinking about a fundraising challenge I could take on as part of the Snailspace campaign,” he explains. “When Brighton had Snowdogs a few years ago my daughter Nelly and I did the whole trail, but we cheated a bit by going by car and we spread it over two days. As I’m a little bit of a runner and the distance is about 26 miles, I thought about a marathon taking in every Snail. But, as I started thinking about the whole #BeMoreSnail idea, taking things at your own pace, I thought hang on, let’s not run it, let’s walk it.

The more I thought about it the more I wanted to embrace the idea of slowing down. By walking it is a far more sociable affair, I can get a selfie at each Snail, chat to people as I’m walking, and can really embody the motto of #BeMoreSnail. I’m really hoping people will sponsor me ahead of the challenge and on the day.  So, 1 day, 26 miles and 50 snails – let’s do this!”

Norman will be setting off from Big Beach Café and will visit every giant gastropod on the Snailway route. He will be joined by friends and family at different stages throughout the day and is aiming to raise at least £5,000 for Martlets life-changing care.  Norman has personal experience of the care provided by Martlets so understands how important the work of the hospice is to the community it serves.

Follow the hashtag #BeMoreSnail on social media (@snailspacebh) for live updates on Fatboy Slow’s progress throughout the day.

To support Norman on his epic walk visit www.themartlets.org.uk/norm and donate online. Or text SLOW18 £5 to 70070 to give £5.