Hartlepool runners begin challenge to complete 850 miles in two weeks to help hospice

Limbering up for the challenge.
Limbering up for the challenge.

Intrepid runners Lee Dodgson and John Hewitson are hours away from the challenge of a lifetime.

The Hartlepool pair are taking on 850 miles of running over two weeks from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) - and they will get under way tomorrow.

The runners with Greg Hildreth from Alice House Hospice.

The runners with Greg Hildreth from Alice House Hospice.

The pair will be running 52 miles each day to raise funds for Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool.

That’s more than two marathons a day for the whole 14 days.

But they have prepared well for the challenge.

Lee 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.

It’s been incredible seeing everything come together and the town getting behind them. The hard work and sacrifice from them both is remarkable and they absolutely deserve all the plaudits they receive

Greg Hildreth

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.

Greg Hildreth, from Corporate Events & Social Media at the hospice, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Hospice, we would like to wish Lee and John the very best of luck on their journey.

“It’s been incredible seeing everything come together and the town getting behind them. The hard work and sacrifice from them both is remarkable and they absolutely deserve all the plaudits they receive.

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to the enormous list of people and business who have supported Lee and John in all manner of ways, without which this project would not have been possible.”

The two men are hoping to raise £40,000. It comes just over 18 months after Lee ran seven marathons in seven days to raise £20,000 for the organisation, then known as Hartlepool and District Hospice.

Lee raised £20,000 in 2015, to sustain the specialist care services the hospice delivers to support those affected by incurable illnesses. This time, the money will once again go towards hospice patient care.

Those wanting to donate to help Lee, a former firefighter now working as a production technician, should go to https://everydayhero.co.uk/event/lejogah.