Let’s give fundraiser Lee Dodgson a massive welcome home!
That was the message which went out today in support of mega runner Lee Dodgson.
The Hartlepool man who is bidding to run 827 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats is expected to complete his mega mission this Friday.
Lee, 31, will then travel back to the North East and his wife Claire, 40, is arranging for him to get an incredible welcome on Saturday.
She is calling for people to either gather at the bottom entrance to Crimdon Dene at 2pm on Saturday and run the last mile into town with Lee, or to welcome him when he arrives at Hartlepool Rugby Club.
Claire said: “It has been hard for some people to be there with Lee while he did his run but this is a chance to run the last mile with him.
It would be amazing if everyone who followed him on social media, everyone who donated, could be there for himClaire Dodgson
“It would be amazing if everyone who followed him on social media, everyone who donated, could be there for him.”
Lee is aiming to raise £40,000 for Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool by completing the run and Claire told of how proud she was of her husband.
She said she was incredibly proud of “someone to be so selfless and to take on that challenge for a charity in the town.
“We have both been lucky in that we have never had to use the hospice but Lee learned about the hospice and wanted to raise awareness.”
Her husband trained for months to get used to the rigours of running more than 40 miles a day.
Claire admitted: “He is in pain and he is having problems with his achilles, calf, pain in his knees and his IT band.
“But it is a case of eating right and taking in the right fluids.”
She praised everyone who has travelled to be with Lee each day and offered him support, especially to give expert physio help as well as to run a leg of the journey with him.
Any donations for the hospice would be welcome. Just visit the website, https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/lejog17.
Those wanting to follow Lee’s journey should visit the LEJOGAH page on Facebook.
Claire added; “We have had some feedback and it would be brilliant if people turned out to support Lee on Saturday.”