My Marathon for Hannah Directory

£970 of £930 goal

Raised by 44 people in 32 months
Hi, I'm Andrew Wilson, and I'm running a marathon to raise money for the printing costs of the 2016 Hannah Directory, the fourth edition.

I've divided the story on this page into sections, and if you already know about Hannah Directory, you can skip down to the bits about printing costs and the marathon.


Hannah Directory is a yearly print publication, website and launch week of events celebrating the great stuff that people are doing in places in England's north, and asking how even more of it can happen.

It's named after the suffragette and rebel Hannah Mitchell.

2015 Directory designed by Textbook Studio.

I started the directory in 2013 because England's north is full of people doing fantastic things and has brilliant places to live and work.

If we share ideas and inspiration, then even more of those things can happen. 

Over the last three years, more than 70 people and organisations in places across the north have been part of the directory, and have put their unpaid time and energy into sharing and celebrating the launch.

There have been contributions from Newcastle, Durham, Sheffield, York, Hull, Leeds, Otley, Huddersfield, Hebden Bridge, Halifax, Ossett, Wakefield, Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Preston, Barrow and Liverpool.

The directory has celebrated people and organisations doing great stuff in the arts, music, business, new kinds of social organisation and scientific discovery.

There is no cost to being in the directory, people are included purely on merit.


I pay for the printing and production costs myself.

The cost of printing is £930.

Other costs like postage and train fairs to deliver the directories add up to about £400 per year. 

I don't mind paying.

It's my responsibility to keep the directory going in return for all the contributions of time and energy.

But I've not been earning much over the last year, and finding around £1,300 is going to be really hard.

Anything you can contribute to help with the cost will be fantastic.

It means the directory can celebrate the people doing great stuff in places in England's north for another year.

And it gives me another twelve months to make new links with people and businesses who can help with the costs in future.

There will be a "supporters thank you" page in this year's directory to credit people who support it.

Thank you!

2014 directory by Supanaught in Newcastle.


In return for your support for the Hannah Directory 2016 I'm running a secret DIY marathon on April 24.

I'll be running 26 miles between Manchester and...a secret location somewhere in England's north!

The "secret DIY" part is because it's completely unofficial and is being organised by a friend of mine, Pete Fitzpatrick, who is a fell runner from Hebden Bridge. Fourteen people are doing the full 26 miles, and another eight are joining after 13 miles to do a half marathon.

Since January I've been doing A LOT of running. You can see some of my training runs on this page.  

When I've done the marathon I'll post the GPS track on that page as well.

If I don't do the marathon I'll refund any money raised, so it's proper sponsorship.


An original letterpress print.
Designed and printed by The Print Project.
(Frame not included)

The directory this year is designed by new Manchester design studio Made by Memo . Make sure you get a bit of history!
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SPOILER ALERT Don't click the link without reading the SPOILER ALERT

Hi everyone, the result of everyone's hard work and all of your support has been happening this week, and I've been taking copies of the beautiful 2016 Hannah Directory to people and organisations in places in England's north from Newcastle to Liverpool and Barrow to Sheffield.

You can follow that journey by scrolling down this twitter page SPOILER ALERT with lots of photos of the directory.

But, if you supported the directory for £20 or more, and so will be getting a directory in the post, I would seriously consider not looking at the photos and waiting for your physical copy, it's lovely and will make a great surprise when you get it.

Someone has kindly offered to help out with the postage costs, but I can't get copies to them until next Thursday, so there will be a bit of a delay till you get your directory. Sorry not to get it to you during the launch week, but at the moment I can't afford to turn down the help with the costs.

Thank you again for your support, I would have been in serious trouble without it, and the directory probably shouldn't, or couldn't, have happened if it hadn't have been for your help.

Best wishes,
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Hi everyone,

thank you again for supporting the marathon, and the printing cost for this year's Hannah Directory.

The DIY marathon happened on Sunday 24th, and I completed it in just over five hours.

There are some photos here:

and a blog post I wrote about it on the Big Issue in the North website:

It was a big boost, especially during the training, to know that the directory was something other people also cared about and wanted to contribute to.

Here are the GPS tracks of the run.

The main one is the first on, covering 21 miles, then my gps watch started to run out of batteries so I switched to the Strava app on my phone. That turned out to be rubbish - there was nowhere near as much zigzagging about as that shows, though I did get lost at one point!

The next big Hannah Directory news is the publication of the directory. People and organisations doing great stuff are submitting their page details now, and then all the info will go to the designers.

One of the most enjoyable things about the directory is giving a platform to design companies in places in the north.

The brief to the designers is very simple: A6 size, one colour, and within the budget.

Apart from that, they can do anything they want. This year's designers are Made by Memo,, who were recommended by Textbook Studio, who designed last year's directory.

The process of one year's designers recommending the next seems to really work (Textbook Studio were recommended by Supanaught from the year before), and it's in the spirit of the directory, which is about the possibility of co-operation between people and places for our common good.

Thank you again for being part of that as well this year.

Best wishes,
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31 months ago
Jane Walton
31 months ago

Well done Andrew - looking forward to seeing the directory.

Ossett Observer
31 months ago

Chuffed to bits to be able to support this wonderful publication!!

Andrew Deakin
32 months ago

May your shoes be winged and the wind at your back. Good work Andrew,

Barbara Berger
32 months ago

Good luck from Munich!

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