Lee’s ready for a marathon week to help Hartlepool hospice

MARATHON MAN: Lee Dodgson is planning seven marathons in seven days.
MARATHON MAN: Lee Dodgson is planning seven marathons in seven days.

MEGA marathon runner Lee Dodgson is all set for the challenge of a lifetime – he will run 26 miles on seven consecutive days.

The 29-year-old begins his ultra challenge on Bank Holiday Monday when he sets off from Hartlepool College of Further Education, and he has already done 1,500 miles of training since Christmas.

I am tapering down now and resting but I just want to get going.

Lee Dodgson, marathon runner

Now he is ready for the off on a task which will see him burn up to 4,000 calories a day.

All the preparations have been made for the challenge, which will see him raise money for Hartlepool & District Hospice. He’s already had £5,500 in donations and pledges will take the total to more than £8,000.

He said: “I am tapering down now and resting, but I just want to get going. I am carrying a couple of niggles in my right hamstring and left knee but I am flabbergasted that I haven’t had to take any breaks for injuries.”

Lee’s marathon-a-day challenge has already won the support of The Pantry, Acorn Landscapes, United Carlton, Kannect, Peart Fencing, Exwold Technologies and Greig Cavey. Hartlepool College of Education is also backing Lee’s endeavours by acting as the start and finish point for each of the runs.

Robson Builders is providing refreshments and Anglian Water is providing water for Lee.

He said: “I have had fantastic support and not just from companies. The backing from the people of the town, and beyond, has been fantastic.”

He knows that the going will get tough at times, but he said he will keep a recent event in mind during the hard parts of the run.

“I visited the hospice and met two patients. One wa s having respite cancer and the other had cancer. It was a very humbling experience.”

To sponsor Lee, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Lee-Dodgson1/

A MARATHON CHALLENGE

During his challenge, Lee will;

l Burn up to 28,000 calories.

l Replenish with a 1,000-calorie meal within an hour of each finish and 2,500 more calories each night after that.

l Drink up to 10 ounces of fluid every two to three miles.

l Stock up on high-carbohydrate meals such as rice, pasta and white meat each day to prepare for the next day’s run.