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An Interview with Tom Cafferkey

An Interview with Tom Cafferkey

Here at Your Money Claim, we’ve been following three young lads from Preston in their quest to get ready for a 24 hour, 67 mile walk. The 24 Hour Walkathon is taking place on September 13th, 2014 and the boys will start at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke and they will finish up, 24 hours on from when they started, at Deepdale Stadium.

The lads have had a lot of media coverage in the past few months and we’re starting to bring an end to our coverage of the boys as it nears the 13th of September and crunch time for the lads.

In July we had an interview with one of the trio, Jamie England. Here is a belated interview with another member of our trio, Tom Cafferkey. So, let’s get things started!

Your Money Claim: Greetings, what’s your name and where do you come from?

Tom Cafferkey: Hi, I’m Tom Cafferkey and I’m from Longton, near Preston.

YMC: Hi Tom, a pleasure to meet you. So, have you ever done anything similar to the walkathon before?

TC: I’ve done quite a few cycling events, a triathlon and a few running events but in terms of time, I’ve never done anything like the 24 hours that we’re going to be doing.

YMC: We’re sure it’ll be tough but we have every faith in you guys! What sort of experience do you have in raising money for charity?

TC: Absolutely none at all. This is my first real attempt to raise money and awareness for a particular charity.

YMC: In his interview, Jamie mentioned that he had concerns about the amount of time the three of you would be spending together. What are your thoughts on this?

TC: I must say that I agree with Jamie. Being in each other’s company for 1 hour is hard enough, so an extra 23 on top of that will be a challenge in itself. Anybody that knows Jake and Jamie will know what I mean by that.

YMC: Plenty of people have put it to you lads that you’ve bitten off more than you can chew with this challenge. What do you have to say to those people?

TC: I don’t think so. I think we can achieve anything provided that we prepare for it and train for it properly. Unless something horrific happens on our journey, giving up won’t be an option for me.

YMC: Excellent, that’s always good to hear. If you could spend 24 hours with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

TC: It would definitely be Dan Bilzerian. I think I’d fit quite nicely (and literally) into his circle of friends.

YMC: So far, you’ve had a decent amount of press coverage, is this something that is fairly new to you and how have you found it?

TC: Yeah, we’ve been in the papers and on the radio a fair amount so my wrist is hurting… from all those autographs I’ve had to sign.

YMC: Haha, we’re sure you’ve got your fan base! If you could do one job and one job only, what would it be?

TC: Who wouldn’t want to play competitive football for a living?

YMC: Have you got any plans to take on more challenges for charity after the walkathon? If so, what would you like to attempt?

TC: Of course, I want to go more extreme next time but I just don’t know what. I’m open to suggestions though.

24 Hour Walkathon

24 Hour Walkathon