A ‘superhuman’ effort from Hartlepool charity runner

234 down - 629 to go for Lee Dodgson.
234 down - 629 to go for Lee Dodgson.

Mega runner Lee Dodgson is battling through the elements and niggling injuries to continue his fundraising run of more than 800 miles.

Despite enduring storms and gales as well as pain, he has already completed 234 miles since Sunday with another 629 to go.

Lee gets ready for another day of running.

Lee gets ready for another day of running.

Lee is tackling a route from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) and hopes to do it in two weeks to raise money for Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool.

A call has gone out for more people to join him on the legs of his journey and help him battle on.

Hospice corporate events & social media spokesman Greg Hildreth said: “The response from runners all over the UK has been absolutely amazing as Lee battles the elements to complete his challenge after losing his co-runner John to an injury.

“He’s got the backing of the country, his home town and of course everyone here at the hospice. His determination is superhuman and we can’t begin to thank him for enduring such difficult circumstances in order to help other people. He’s a truly exceptional person and we can’t wait to welcome him home.

He’s got the backing of the country, his home town and everyone here at the hospice. His determination is superhuman and we can’t begin to thank him for enduring such difficult circumstances in order to help other people. He’s a truly exceptional person and we can’t wait to welcome him home

Greg Hildreth

“We also need to thank all of his supporters up and down the country, business sponsors, co-runners who have stepped in and Kevin and Gordon, his incredible support team.”

But officials would love to hear from even more people willing to give their support to Lee who is taking on the route after 10 months of training.

Lee and running partner John Hewitson set themselves a target of 16 days to complete the project, which meant running two marathons every day for more than two weeks.

But after the first half marathon of day 3, John suffered a serious leg injury, which meant he was unable to go on.

Undaunted Lee is fighting on by himself and would love others to run sections of the route with him.

To help, or spread the word to recruit support for this hero, contact Greg on (01429) 855529 or email: ghildreth@alicehousehospice.co.uk to discuss logistics.

Greg added: “We are also in the process of trying to establish a live GPS feed on Lee so that people wishing to join him can track his whereabouts.”