Man in a Shack


Man in a Shack

On 18 August 2014, Dave Hall began the mammoth task of running from John O’Groats to Lands’ End. In order to complete this Dave ran nearly 1,000 miles, completing a marathon nearly every day for 40 days.

Dave’s thoughts about running the length of the country were sparked by a visit with his family to Land’s End in 2013, in particular at St Buryan; a place he would return on the run. Having already run over 130 marathons, the challenge to run up to 40 marathons back to back was huge, but one Dave felt he could achieve. There seemed little purpose doing the run for its own sake, so he approached Nigel Hyde, who was establishing the Home Leone charity whose plan is to help rescue thousands of people from the slums of Sierra Leone and provide some of the world’s poorest with fresh hope and opportunity.

There was much discussion about how to make the run unique and the idea of bringing a slum shack on the back of a trailer was born. This developed in to the “man in a shack” concept with Dave sleeping in the shack every night, to draw attention to the desperate need, demanding our attention. To gain a first-hand insight, Dave travelled to Sierra Leone and saw for himself the issues people face on a daily basis.  His amazing efforts raised over £100,000.  We would like Maninashack to be taken on my more endurance runners and riders.

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Lutons Best Awards 2014- Dave Hall

Luton’s Best Awards held November 27th 2014, saw the best of the town honoured at a glitzy ceremony at Luton Hoo. Dave Hall, who completed the Man in a Shack challenge for Home Leone earlier this year, was honoured to be given the “Sporting Inspiration” award. Dave has raised £95,000 for Home Leone to date and is continuing to travel with the Shack around Schools and Churches. If you would still like to donate to Dave’s incredible achievement please go to



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Daves Endurance Run from John O’Groats to Land’s End in just 40 days

The journey had many highlights as Mike Grainger drove the Shack, and Allan, Gordon and Roger took turns driving a campervan. From arriving at a Thunder in in the Glens festival in Scotland, renewing his marriage vows with wife Steph in Gretna Green, to an amazing welcome by his church in Somerset, there were so many highlights.

One significant thing was the welcome of Christian churches the length of the country that hosted Dave and the team each day. Each ones kindness and hospitality made the trip truly memorable.

On 26 September 2014, Dave completed the epic endurance challenge and his run had been the catalyst for raising over £85,000.

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What's next for the Shack?

Whilst on the road we were overwhelmed by the response we received with the shack. It is such a striking reminder of the devastating poverty in which the people of Sierra Leone live in. So what’s next?

London Marathon

We have made an application for a replica shack to run with Dave and some fellow runners around the London 2015 Marathon. More news to come…

Endurance challenges

Think you’ve got what it takes? Will there be a “Man in a Shack runs coast to coast or even across America”? Contact us at, we want to hear your ideas on the next “Man in a Shack” challenge and if you would like to be involved.

Schools and Churches

We can send one of our team with the shack to your school, church, business or community group and provide a presentation about the work Home Leone do. The Shack is a great visual tool and is a hands on way of raising awareness of the abject poverty in Sierra Leone. Please contact us at for more info.

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