Hartlepool runner battles on alone in 827-mile fundraiser

Lee gets ready for another day of running.
Lee gets ready for another day of running.
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A courageous Hartlepool fundraiser is battling on with an 827-mile run - after losing his running partner to a serious injury.

Unbowed Lee Dodgson has vowed to continue his Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge which he hopes to complete in two weeks.

Lee, right, and John, left, with Greg Hildreth from Alice House Hospice.

Lee, right, and John, left, with Greg Hildreth from Alice House Hospice.

Lee and running partner John Hewitson began the challenge on Sunday after 10 months of gruelling training, aiming to raise £40,000 for Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool.

They 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 three, John suffered a serious leg injury which meant he was unable to go on.

Hospice official Greg Hildreth said: “Lee is now working his way up the country without his running partner, taking whatever the weather throws at him, hurting, but with absolute determination to complete the challenge.”

We need to drum up as much support for Lee as we can as he needs running partners from anywhere in the country to join him for whatever distance they can. Running this distance alone is as emotionally draining as it is physical

Greg Hildreth

He urged as many people as possible to get behind Lee has he continues his mission to run 52 miles each day.

Greg added: “We need to drum up as much support for Lee as we can as he needs running partners from anywhere in the country to join him for whatever distance they can.

“Running this distance alone is as emotionally draining as it is physical.”

Lee has prepared well for the challenge.

He spent a day at High Tunstall College of Science, running from the first bell at 8.40am, until the last bell at 3pm. He covered 38 miles, which is equivalent of 137 laps of the school field.

In another challenge, Lee ran non-stop around the pitch for the duration of Hartlepool Rugby Club’s fixture against Horden at Mayfield Park.

He completed 11.5 miles and generated £346 in donations throughout the day. Lee had also completed another 15-mile training run earlier that day.

But now he needs more support as he battles on with his mega challenge in all kinds of weather.

If you can help, or help spread the word, to recruit support for this hero to get him to John O’Groats, contact Greg Hildreth at Alice House Hospice on (01429) 855529.

Alternatvely, people can 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.”