He battled through storms - now he’s got 42 miles in the baking hot sun to face!

A well-earned cool-off after a day of running.
A well-earned cool-off after a day of running.

Mega runner Lee Dodgson is battling through searing sunshine and some of the hottest weather Scotland has seen in years as he continues his epic fundraising mission.

The Hartlepool man has reached Kinross on his campaign to run from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Alice House Hospice.

Lee builds up the miles in #LEJOGAH.

Lee builds up the miles in #LEJOGAH.

It comes a week after he ran through torrential rain for the first few days of his epic mission which is called #LEJOGAH.

Kevin Ficnken, who has provided back-up support for Lee throughout his run, said: “Lee has done 503 miles and will get another 42 in today.”

And his fundraising efforts are just as impressive.

He has now raised just short of £29,000 for the hospice in Hartlepool towards his target of £40,000.

The kindness that is being given is unbelievable along with the daily comments all go to spurring Lee on to complete #LEJOGAH

Kevin Fincken

His amazing run has seen him battle everything from niggling injuries to huge mountain inclines, and horrendous weather to the loss of his running partner John Hewitson who suffered a serious leg injury and had to pull out of the run.

But Lee has battled on regardless and has attracted more than 300,000 comments of support on his social media pages.

Kevin added: “The kindness that is being given is unbelievable along with the daily comments all go to spurring Lee on to complete #LEJOGAH.”

He said supporters were travelling regular from Hartlepool and other parts of the country to run with Lee for a day and keep up his spirits.

Kevin added: “Others are planning on joining us at different points which all helps to get us to John O’Groats.”

Lee is bidding to run 827 miles in around two weeks.

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.

Any donations for the hospice would be welcome. Just visit the website https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/lejog17.