KEEN runner Lee Dodgson is feeling sore but unbowed as he steps up his preparations for a mega challenge.
The firefighter, runner and Hartlepool & District Hospice supporter is pushing himself to the limit.
Lee, who took part in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon for the hospice, raised almost £5,000 and this time plans to raise £10,000 by running seven marathons in as many days.
He said: “Training is going as well as can be expected. Every day I wake up sore but have to keep plodding on.
“The main thing is I remain injury-free before the event, which so far is the case.”
Lee began training at the end of last year and has already covered 1,089 miles.
He said he has “endured every weather possible and pounded countless pavements.”
Although I will be glad when it’s all over I am massively looking forward to May 4 to finally get going”.
Lee has already raised £4,788 through his Just Giving page, and said: “I am hopeful of passing the £5,000 mark in the next few weeks and make a push towards £10,000 by May 10.
“I’m quietly confident of reaching this amount, but I need support from the people of Hartlepool and beyond.”
Lee will be running a circular route of 26.2 miles each day between May 4 and May 10, starting at Hartlepool College of Further Education and incorporating the Hart to Haswell walk.
The final run will be an alternative route, yet to be finalised.
Lee is inviting other runners to join him for either the final 5k or 10k.
Lee’s seven runs have been sponsored by a different local business each day.
These include The Pantry, Acorn Landscapes, United Carlton, Kannect, Peart Fencing, Exwold Technologies and Greig Cavey.
Hartlepool College of Education are also backing Lee’s endeavours by acting as the start and finish point for each of the runs.
Hospice Fundraiser Greg Hildreth said: “Lee is doing an amazing job and the dedication he shows to both the hospice and his rigorous training programme is remarkRunner Lee plans seven marathons in seven days for hospiceable.”
To get involved, contact Greg at the hospice on (01429) 855529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
People can also keep up-to-date with Lee’s progress on the hospice’s Facebook page. To sponsor Lee, visit www.justgiving.com/Lee-Dodgson1/