Running 63 miles in a day

11 June 2018

A STUDENT from Leigh is gearing up to run a 63-mile route intended for cyclists in just 12 hours.

Running 63 miles in a day

As hundreds of cyclists pedal their way from Manchester to Blackpool on Sunday, July 8th, 24-year-old Jack Harper will be running the route - the equivalent of more than two marathons - in aid of the hospice.

Jack, who is currently studying Ancient History at the University of Manchester, is taking part in our annual fundraiser - the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride - which helps the us raise the £8,700 we need to raise every day of the year.

Jack said: "I took part in the bike ride last year with my dad and my uncle. I cycled from Manchester to Blackpool and then back again but I wanted to top that this year. I used to do a lot of running when I was in the army so I decided I would run.
"I read about someone who ran the Pennine Way in just 2 days and 10 hours who didn't sleep and only stopped once to eat some fish and chips. I thought that if they could do that in 2 days and 10 hours I could run 63 miles in 12 hours."

He will set off at 4am from Trafford and run through Leigh, Aspull, Haigh, Standish, Preston and Lytham before finally reaching Blackpool at about 4pm.

He is taking part in memory of his auntie Chris Harper from Atherton who was cared for on the Inpatient Unit at the hospice in 2012.

Jack said: "Towards the end of our Auntie Chris' life the hospice staff were able to provide a safe and caring environment. This was invaluable as it allowed her to die with dignity and gave her a peaceful setting where she could say goodbye to those she loved. This gave comfort to both herself and those who loved her.
"We will always be grateful for the care and support the hospice provided and therefore want to raise money to help others that will undoubtedly benefit from their kindness."

Christine Edwardson, community fundraiser for the hospice, said: "Jack has set himself an incredible challenge to run a route that everyone else is cycling.

"Our bike ride is one of the key events in our fundraising calendar and helps us raise the funds we need to continue supporting local people who need support at one of the most difficult times in their lives.
"People like Jack are an inspiration and we are so grateful to him and all of our other bike riders who are making a difference to people's lives by supporting the hospice."

Entries to the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride are open until Friday, June 29th.

Cyclists are always given a t-shirt; refreshments including pies, pasties, sandwiches and chocolates; free transportation to Manchester and back home from Blackpool as well as a medal at the end.

Registration costs just £20 and all funds raised will go towards supporting local people across Wigan and Leigh who have a life-limiting condition.

Cyclists can register at here or contact the fundraising team on 01942 525566.
Sponsor Jack at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jack-harper3

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