MEGA marathon man Lee Dodgson is still on course to do seven marathons in seven days - but the weather is throwing everything at him.
The 29-year-old is hoping to run 26 miles on seven consecutive days by pounding the streets of Hartlepool.
I have been blown away by their response. The support throughout the town has been tremendous and people keep coming out to give me support.Lee Dodgson
He is still on course to complete his mission which is helping to raise money for Hartlepool & District Hospice, but it has not been easy with the British weather and the rigours of long-distance running testing his limits.
He admitted: “My legs are more sore than I anticipated and I have been up against it with the weather.”
So far, he has encountered blazing sunshine, torrential rain, and gales with a mix of showers and more sunshine to come before he crosses the finishing line one last time on Sunday.
He is burning up to 4,000 calories a day and was nursing hamstring and knee niggles before he set off, but the support of the people of Hartlepool is driving him on.
Lee admitted: “I have been blown away by their response. The support throughout the town has been tremendous and people keep coming out to give me support.
“I am getting lots of backing from people who want to come out and join me in the run.”
He said all the encouragement was really making a difference and added: “I have just got to keep going.”
He’s had £5,500 in donations and pledges before he started his ultimate challenge on Monday and he told the Mail: “Since I started running, I have had between £160 and £200 in sponsorship coming in each day.
“The amount is gradually creeping up each day as the awareness of what I am doing is growing.”
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 on the first six days.
Robson Builders is providing refreshments and Anglian Water is providing water for Lee.
Lee added: “Even though my legs are sore, I am back to feeling good again.”
Anyone wanting to sponsor Lee, should visit https://www.justgiving.com /Lee-Dodgson1/