Footsore fundraiser completes first stage of marathon mission

ON THE RUN: Lee Hodgson sets off on the first of his seven marathons.
ON THE RUN: Lee Hodgson sets off on the first of his seven marathons.

ONE down – six to go.

Footsore Lee Dodgson is off to a flying start to his marathon fund-raising challenge.

I trained to a schedule that people who have done this challenge previously have used, so it is hopefully just a matter of staying injury-free for the rest of the week.

Lee Dodgson

The firefighter, runner and Hartlepool & District Hospice supporter is running seven marathons in as many days, and he got the first one under his belt yesterday, clocking in at four hours, 31 minutes and 43 seconds.

“To be honest, yesterday and today are more or less like training runs,” he said.

“When I was training I did back-to-back big runs, so the big test will be from Wednesday on.

“I trained to a schedule that people who have done this challenge previously have used, so it is hopefully just a matter of staying injury-free for the rest of the week.”

Lee is running a circular route of 26.2 miles each day, starting at Hartlepool College of Further Education and incorporating the Hart to Haswell walk, and hopes to raise more than £10,000 for the hospice by the end of the week. He is inviting other runners to join him for the final 5km or 10km each day.

Lee’s runs have been sponsored by a different local business each day, including The Pantry, Acorn Landscapes, United Carlton, Kannect, Peart Fencing, Exwold Technologies and Greig Cavey.

To follow Lee’s progress, visit the hospice’s Facebook page. To sponsor him, go to www.justgiving.com/Lee-Dodgson1/