Marathon challenge man gets training help from Hartlepool school

Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.
Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

A fundraiser who is training to run the length of the country took part in a special training session at a Hartlepool school.

Schoolchildren cheered fundraiser Lee Dodgson who is hoping to raise £40,000 by running the length of the UK.

Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

Two years ago Hartlepool man Lee ran seven marathons in seven days and raised £20,000 for Alice House Hospice, but he has now set himself a bigger challenge.

Next month he plans to run around 850 miles over a two-week period from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) in a hope to raise even more money for the hospice.

Lee plans to run around 50 miles per day over a 14-day period to reach his goal.

In preparation for his challenge, Lee spent the day at High Tunstall College of Science, running from the first bell at 8.40am, until the last bell at 3pm,

Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

He covered 38 miles which is equivalent of 137 laps of the school field.

Lee was supported by the school’s Sport Science Advanced Performance Programme (APP) students, who took it in turn to run with Lee around the field.

In addition to this Lee was supported by students and staff during break and lunch time who cheered him on for support.

Ben Holden, sport science faculty leader, said: “We are really proud of our Advanced Performance Programme students that supported Lee throughout the day.  

Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

“They helped Lee to maintain his required pace and also provided some moral support chatting to him about this challenge and Hartlepool United!”

To help Lee with his fundraising the school arranged a teacher auction, where students could bid for a teacher to complete a lesson of their behalf.

Students were also able to buy Alice House Hospice ribbons and make donations to Lee.

Lee said: “I have been training since October to complete, LEJOG, and this was one of the most memorable training days I have completed.

Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

Marathon challenge man Lee Dodgson in training at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool.

“The APP students of High Tunstall helped me get through 38 miles in the sun, I hope they didn’t get sunburnt like I did!

“Special mention to Alex Dickson who ran for an hour with me and returned at lunch to complete another few miles. 

“All students and staff are a credit to HTCS and it was a pleasure to be part of such a well-attended and organised event.

“On behalf of myself and Alice House, thank you for your support of LEJOG, hopefully we can complete the challenge.”

Those wanting to donate to help Lee reach his £40,000 target can do so by going to https://everydayhero.co.uk/event/lejogah.